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I KNOW you CAN network Linux and Windows via Samba, but I am not having any luck with it.
I know that some distros come with their own tools and utilities. For example Mandrake comes with tools not available in SuSE (and vice versa). Also some distros have historically focused on making speicific usability areas better. For instance RedHat is viewed by many as a powerhouse, whereas Mandrake is "The freind" and so on...
My question is which distro makes it the easiest to succesfully set up a simple LAN network to share files between Linux and Windows in your experience?
I have provided a Poll with this topic. Please feel free to use it.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The nicknames for each distro in the poll where meant to be humorous. NO OFFENSE to anyone or anyone's liking of a specific distro
Last edited by shassouneh; 04-04-2003 at 06:38 AM.
I'd like to know the answer to this question myself. I have had no luck in getting Linux to network with Windows. As a client I can see my server and other computer, I can even access the shares on my other box, cannot access or even see the shares on my server.
Linux as a server was a complete disaster. Nothing worked..dchp, dns, shares, routing, acting as a gateway... nothing. I know it was my lack of knowledge that was the root of the problems, but rather than spending countless hours reading and looking for those small details burried in hundreds of documents, I put .net server on and had my network up and running again within an hour.. except for Linux accessing the shares on it. I'm beginning to think it's a .net thing, that it won't let Linux get to the shared drives.
I'd still rather have Linux as my server, but not if I can't get it to work right.
i voted for redhat in your poll for the following reason: redhat 8.0 and a book called "redhat bible" helped me get samba up and running , for the first time, with reasonably decent security,good enough for my
home lan. i have weak eyes, i can read books easier than online docs. the book was not cheap, and i have since moved on to gentoo, but the point is the book was written so i could understand it , for me easy to read, and the suggested configuration options worked. i can still use the book as a reference for my gentoo.
redhat is not my favorite distro, but there is simply tons of good
stuff written specifically about using redhat .