[ubuntu-za] Networking

Robin Bownes robin at bownes.co.za
Thu Feb 9 08:42:04 UTC 2017

While I'm aware that it's not the "proper Linux" way, I use Samba to 
network the various PCs on our home network. I started using Samba 
because some of the PCs still ran Windows, but carried on using it 
because it works well and is relatively easy to set up.

Install samba gui on each PC (from repository). Open samba, and add 
shares for the desired folders on each PC. For attached, shared USB 
drives you will need to manually add a line (force user = <PC user 
name>) to the drives share entry in //etc/samba/smb.conf, but that's it.

We use this simple setup to share files and stream music and video from 
one PC to another. Works pretty well.


On 09/02/2017 09:35, Jan wrote:
> Good morning all,
> Could the networking specialists please help?
> I am trying to network-connect my Ubuntu 16.04 desktop to my wife's 
> Ubuntu 14.04 desktop via the existing ethernet cables that connect 
> both machines to the ADSL router.
> Both machines pick up ping data from the other, but I cannot get them 
> to connect and I get lost when I try to follow these instructions:
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/94690/how-do-i-share-files-between-two-computers-connected-to-a-router 
> My Unity desktop does not have anything that I can find to match 
> "Places" referred to in the tutorial in the above link.
> Many thanks,
> Jan

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