One of the main things that gets annoying with FUSE, or Filesystem in Userspace, is that it won't automatically mount a filesystem when you first attempt to access the filesystem. This means you must manually track mountpoints and specify what program to run in order to mount each FUSE filesystem. Placing the exact commands to mount each FUSE filesystem into shell scripts can make things a little easier, but with afuse, you can mount FUSE filesystems on demand without the need for any explicit mounting.
Afuse is packaged for Ubuntu Gutsy but not for other mainstream distributions. It requires fuse version 2.3 or later. Building afuse from source follows the standard
./configure; make; sudo make install procedure, after which you should find the afuse binary in your path.