I dont know about you guys , but as soon as I installed my fresh new Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex release on my desktop computer, the first problem i faced was how to share files between linux and my windows Vista laptop! I went and checked in linux, there was no “Share” button in the folder properties pane.
So After doing a bit of reading i came to understand that in order to share files between Windows and Linux Computers you have to install a Program(deamon) called samba!
It’s actually quite easy ! so lets get started!
1. Install Samba (On Ubuntu 8.10)
Installing almost anything in the New Ubuntu release is almost always easy as pie!
1.1 First Goto the Terminal Applications>Accessories>Terminal
1.2 Inside the Terminl type :
sudo apt-get install samba smbfs
1.3 When asked for the Password, please type in your administrator password!
1.4 After the Installation Finishes, Close the Terminal
2. Configuring Samba (Using Samba Front End)
In order to configure samaba, as in actually specify users and folders to share, i found it much easier to just use the “Samba” GUI front end program.
So Lets Install Samba (GUI) First!
2.1 Goto Applications > Add / Remove Applications
2.2 Search For “Samba”
2.3 Tick The program Named “Samba” which has the description “Create, Modify, and delete samba shares”
2.4 Click Apply Changes
After that Installation is Finished, lets start the samba GUI!
Goto System > Administration> Samba
Provide the correct administrator password to start the application.
1. First in the Samba GUI goto Preferences> Samba Users
There You will see the existing users in your Linux OS,
If you so want to, you can create a user specifically to be used just to access shares in the Linux Computer,
To Do this just Click “Add User” and then provide the Necessary data such as User name and Password for the New User.
After Everything is Done Click OK
1. Click “Add Share”
2. Specify the Directory or Partition You Want to Share,
Provide a Suitable Share Name
Tick the “Visible” Radio Button
If you want, Tick the “Writable” button as Well.
3. Goto the “Access” tab
Tick the Users You want to Give access to this Share,
Or If you want to make in a public share for every one to use, just Tick “Allow Access To Everyone“.
NOW YOUR DONE!!!! 🙂