Can anyone quickly explain the technical difference between these two methods?
- Going to Places -> Connect to Server and select SSH (in GNOME)
This probably boils down to GVFS (using FUSE) vs. FUSE "directly" (if this is a reasonable comparison). FUSE I somewhat understand what is, but GVFS is a bit cryptic.
Both have advantages and disadvantages for me. The former allows easy access to the GUI and you get the opportunity to create a bookmark, but sends you to the root folder of the remote file system (unless you specify otherwise) and mounts in
~/.gvfs/sftp on ... / which an be a bit cumbersome if you want to enter through local terminal. The latter must be done via the terminal (as far as I know) but you can choose which folder you want to "jump into" and one can choose for yourself where this will be mounted on your local filesystem.
One thing that I find very annoying is that Vim/Gvim destroys permissions on files upon writing if I use GVFS. E.g. if a file permissions has 644, this is set to 600 after Vim/Gvim has edited it. I've seen various bug reports from 2008 on this but I still experience it.