Samba Configuration

Michael Satterwhite michael at
Mon Jan 18 20:16:34 UTC 2010

In getting people to try Linux, we have to accept that many of those coming 
over have a fear of the command line. I KNOW there are gui tools that can 
handle this task. It's built into KDE - and if the answer is really "teach 
them to edit config files", then Gnome probably isn't up to the task. I may have 
made a mistake in installing Gnome on their system - but that can be 
corrected. Personally, I like Gnome - but I don't mind editing config files, 

Is it really the case that Gnome is this far behind KDE? I don't consider 
telling a newbie to Linux "Oh, by the way - you have to learn how to manually 
edit config files in order to really use Linux." That is *NOT* going to gain any 

On Monday 18 January 2010 11:14:01 am Donatas Fetingis wrote:
> As it won't be done daily configuration, i would think it wouldn't be
> difficult to edti smb.conf file, or to show how to do this.
> In this way they would learn more for future problem solutions, as i
> think they will meet them earlier or later
> Regards,
> Donatas
> On 2010.01.18 18:10, Michael Satterwhite wrote:
> > I'm looking for methods of configuring Samba in 9.10. I know how to edit
> > the configuration file - that's not the issue. I'm trying to help a
> > couple of new Linux users learn how to configure their home networks
> > without having to become techies.
> >
> > Swat doesn't seem to be supported anymore. That would have been my first
> > recommendation to them - although the setup for it can be a bit daunting.
> > The Ubuntu website says that from Nautilus you can right click a
> > directory and select "Sharing" The problem is that "Sharing" isn't one of
> > the options available when you right click a directory.
> >
> > I really need to point them at a gui tool for this. Any suggestions?
> >
> > As always - all assistance appreciated.
> >
> > ---Michael

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