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August 24th, 2010, 02:31 AM
I have a Windows 7 pc which I want to share files with using my Ubuntu laptop. I did a quick search and I found something called Samba. But there is a few problems with that:
1. From what I've found, Samba is mainly command based and there are a few GUI interfaces available. Which one do you suggest for an absolute network newbie who just needs a simple file and printer sharing?
2. The version available in synaptic is Samba 4 which is considered experimental and the last stable version is 3.5.4 available in tarball by their official website. Is there any .deb package available? should I just install it from source using ./configure, make, make install?

August 24th, 2010, 03:02 AM
If you are wanting to share files off of ubuntu to another computer all you have to do is right right click on the folder and goto "sharing options" set it up and it will auto configure samba.

If you need to change the workgorup i believe the file to edit is smb.conf - not sure of that though.

Shouldn't be any harder than that.

August 24th, 2010, 03:06 AM
I did that. But I got the following error:
You need to install the Windows networks sharing service in order to share your folders.
When I click Install Serivce I get the following:
Sharing service installation has failed. Would you like to retry the installation?
Retrying does not solve the problem.

August 24th, 2010, 03:58 AM
The "Windows networks sharing service" it's talking about is Samba. ;)

August 24th, 2010, 08:07 AM
The "Windows networks sharing service" it's talking about is Samba. ;)

ok then, back to my first question: which GUI and which version?

August 24th, 2010, 09:03 AM
I followed this tutorial and it worked great for me. Using W7 and several versions of Ubuntu.

I don't think you can get there completely with gui. But you only have to set this up once. After that it's all gui based drag/drop going both ways.

August 25th, 2010, 01:06 AM
ok then, back to my first question: which GUI and which version?

1) GUI = Nautilus (the default file manager)
2) which version = the one in the repositories

To install samba just open a terminal:


and input this command:

sudo apt-get install -y samba

You might also need the Samba File System protocol...to install it issue this command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install -y smbfs

August 25th, 2010, 01:15 AM
I recently over came that problem and I found a video that perfectly explains it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89hjWOb8qmY