"Is there anyway to set the default view?"
Yes. You can save as many different konqueror "looks" as you want.
First set up konqueror to look exactly the way that you want it. Then click on Settings and click on Save View Profile "some name". This will display a small window that asks you what name to save it under. Save it under a name that is not already in the list, say zarathustra.
Then change the desktop icon or the menu entry that you use to start konqueror to issue the following command:
kfmclient openProfile zarathustra
Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.