Getting a LAN to work correctly with Samba is kludgy. We have had to create mountpoints to consistently access directories on filseservers which is fine for desktops using ethernet but not so great for wireless laptops. Having to use tools that enter the grey areas of file systems created by proprietary vendors such as Microsoft is also not so great.
Will it be possible to just bypass all of this by using services like Ubuntu One or something involving Eucalyptus?
I'm just an end user with little grasp as yet of the technologies involved.