I looked at several pages and post to find a good answer.
My first attempt was to install Eclipse with Subclipse, the plugin had problems installing. I will re-attempt it again later. In the past I found eclipse sluggish on low memory machines, like the one I was installing it on anyway.
I saw this posting about installing scripts for nautilus in ubuntu.
my version Jaunty 9.04.
steps it outlines:
aptitude install nautilus-script-collection-svn
nautilus-script-manager enable Subversion
next step is for my to switch from file urls to svn urls.