a most annoying difference between Ubuntu Gnome & Kubuntu

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 04:34:36 UTC 2006

Thanks for your info. I was unaware that Oo is a Gnome-app and also don't
quite know what Gnome VFS is but I guess it stands for Virtual File System?

I have tried all Linux smb mounting utilities there are in KDE without any
luck (note we are talking Windows 2003 Server here, it differs from older
versions) but the only thing that works is to mount using "mount -t cifs..."
and giving username/password. Which is fine for me but not "average Joe" who
wants to open a file on another share I did not premount and use it...

So I guess it still stands that for users in Windows20003 Domains - go
Ubuntu. Given you want to use Oo without much problems and that is a main
app for most Linux newcomers.


On 25/07/06, Freddie Cash <fcash-ml at sd73.bc.ca> wrote:
> On Tue, July 25, 2006 6:10 am, Orjan Sinclair wrote:
> > Maybe someone can finally help me out on this one:
> > For starters I prefer the KDE gui and the apps over Gnome. However, I
> > have to work in windows domains quite often, served by W2003 servers.
> >
> > And here is my bone of contention:
> > From Ubuntu I go to the network server. I get asked for my id &
> > password. I supply them and sometimes "put them on the keyring". After
> > that I can open documents, spreadsheets etc. straight from OpenOffice
> > and other software without problems, edit and so forth and then save.
> Note:  this will only work with GNOME-aware apps that use the GNOME
> VFS.  Try accessing the share using a GNOME app like above, then
> access the same file via KATE.  You won't be able to, as KATE is not a
> GNOME VFS-using app.
> > Now try this in Kubuntu. You get nicely asked again for
> > username/password and you end up on whatever share you are going for.
> > Try open a document from Oo
> > or Koffice or whatever. "smb protocol only partially supported, a
> > local copy will be created". And this is AFTER you figured out you
> > must open from within Oo but using Konq dialogs (an option in Oo). Try
> > clicking a file on the share directly and Oo will start, you will see
> > the banner and then.... nothing.
> Make sure you have smbfs installed.  After that, everything should
> work correctly using the smb:/ IO_Slave in any KDE app.  You won't be
> able to use smb:/ from within non-KDE apps (like OpenOffice).  (Same
> problem as above.)
> For the best possible SMB connection, usable across all applications
> (GNOME, GTK, KDE, QT, X11, CLI, whatever), mount the SMB share to a
> directory.  You can do this using GNOME tools, KDE tools (system:/),
> CLI tools, whatever.  So long as you mount the share to an actual
> directory on your local system.
> It's the only method guaranteed to work with all apps.
> ----
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