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In my continuing education about the Linux OS, I would like to know if it is possible and how, to view all the computers on my network? I know I am connected because I can access the Net and I successfully set up printing on a printer that is connected to another computer on the network. I remember when familiarizing myself with the OS I saw that the network was recognized as a "Windows" network, but did not recognize the computers on it. During setup I was careful to use the same Network name.
Here are some details about my wired network: I have a wired router that has switch ports. Attached to the router is the cable modem, a switch, and a wireless access point. As you can see, I chose this method for adding my wireless devices instead of reconfiguring all my wired computers.
I think what's meant is that he is trying to get a listing of all the machines on that network. For instance, under Windows, it's possible to go to "My Network Places" (or whatever, I forget) and see the names / shared directories of any computers on the LAN / windows network. Is that correct, geotev?
Yes Samba is want you want. It will allow the sharing of files between the two. Just add it to the same workgroup as your windows machines. It will even work on Domains and allows authentication against a controller or act as a controller itself. http://us3.samba.org/samba/
Very easy to configure. Lots of questions about samba setup on this forum, just use the search feature and type in samba.