SMB File sharing fix

Sharing your files on a Windows network should not pose a problem with a user friendly distro such as Ubuntu. Yet, it does. Users coming from Windows expect that when sharing files with someone it should instantanously be browsable from the network share list («My Network Places» in Windows parlor).
The problem is quite easy to fix, and comes from the fact that the security model that SAMBA uses is «user» mode. That basically means, that if you want access to the files on the Linux box, you have to have a user account on it. The fix? Simply open the text file /etc/samba/smb.conf as the root user and add the line security = share anywhere you like, but preferably near the «Authentication» part, in case you would like to change settings later.
So just fire up gedit like this gksudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf, and make it look like this.


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