sharing files on a small domestic ubuntu network

Asked by Tito Sorlini on 2009-02-08

I am trying to migrate from Win-XP to Ubuntu (I have some experience with Windows but almost none with Linux), and am stuck on trying to access files on my Windows PCs. I click on the "network" item and SOMETIMES get an icon "Windows network". Clicking on this, I SOMETIMES get another icon with the name of my workgroup in Windows. Clicking on this icon, SOMETIMES I get icons with the names of the PCs running Windows and clicking on these icons SOMETIMES AND FOR SOME OF THEM I get the list of folders on that PC.
My questions are:
1. What do I have to do to ensure that I get access to all my Windows PCs ALL THE TIME to share files with them?
2. How do I access and share files in a network between multiple PCs running Ubuntu?
By the way, I have two different levels of Ubuntu on two different PCs, and they seem to behave differently; Is this normal?
Thank you for any answer that can help me get rid of Windows forever.

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Huygens (huygens-25) said :

Hello Tito,
I have a short time now, so I won't answer all your question yet (I'll come back later), but you can start investigating with those articles (it is for an older version of Ubuntu, but it should still apply)
 * (you can check for other post I have written on Samba in the forums)

I will come back later with more information on how to help you, in the mean time, you can tell me if it helped you a bit or not.

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

You must install and configure Samba from

Then open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install samba

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

Then take a look to:

Here questions related to Samba:

Always useful is the online Ubuntu doc

Hope this helps

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