Can't seem to find the shares of Ubuntu machines from My Network Places or Network in Windows? You'll soon find out it's not a hide-and-seek game you'll win unless you start playing with features that exist on the computer, rather than chasing those you imagine are installed and setup.
Though Ubuntu can see the shared files and printers of Windows machines out-of-the-box, Windows can't see Ubuntu shares by default. However, don't give up yet and purchase another XP or Vista license; you can have Ubuntu 8.04 and Windows talking in no time.
Computers must have compatible resource sharing protocols installed in order to communicate with each other. Think of two people trying to talk to each other in different languages; nothing will be communicated until they speak a language they both understand. The same principal applies with the communication on a computer network.
By default, Ubuntu doesn't come with a protocol installed that gives it resource sharing capability. Therefore the first step is to install a protocol that will enable you to share files and printers. You have two main protocols you could use with Ubuntu: NFS (Network File System) developed by Sun Microsystems for Linux/Unix, and SMB (Server Message Block) primary used in Windows.
Windows uses SMB by default, thus installing the SMB protocol on your Ubuntu machine will get the conversation started by opening up two-way communication between the Microsoft operating system and Linux distribution. In the open-source World, the Samba package can give your Linux computer the SMB capability. The following steps show you exactly how to install the Samba package in Ubuntu:
If you can't find samba, refer to the next set of steps and then come back here.
If you don't see the samba package you may have disabled Ubuntu from searching the Main repository, or archive, of Ubuntu's officially supported software. If this is the case, you can follow these steps to enable the Main repository so you'll have access to the samba package:
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