Re: Home Fileserver
I have a home server. It does torrents and file serving.
It's rather easy to set up:
1. Install Ubuntu on the server (desktop edition is fine)
2. Install the "system-config-samba" package, which pulls in the Samba server.
3. Use the "Users and Groups" program to set up a user account that all your clients will use (this is optional - you can enable guest access in Samba if you'd prefer not to have to log in)
4. Go to System > Administration > Samba. If you want authentication from your user account, then set it up in this program as a Samba user. Then click the + (add) icon to create a new share. Give it a name with no spaces, and tick the boxes for what users you want to be able to access it (or optionally, just use "Allow all users").
5. When you've created the share, Samba will be restarted. The next time your clients log in, they will be able to access the share via Places > Network. You can also add a bookmark for your share once you've mounted it.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.