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Harnic 09-03-2004 10:06 PM

Too frustrating
One of many reasons for moving to Mandrake 10 was the rampant rumors that Linux did networking so easily. I have a rather rude expletive I'd like to use here to comment on that rumor! :mad: I have a home network with Win XP & Win 98 SE on the other 2 comps & Win 98 SE / MDK 10 on this one. I have Samba installed & have been struggling with it almost full time for most of a week now with very limited results. I guess I will have to keep Win 98 for my digital imaging in Adobe Photoshop AND for networking on our home network. I can use the internet & get email fine from MDK10, but networking seems well beyond my abilities. It's so simple in Windows!

linux_terror 09-03-2004 11:11 PM

Was this just a rant or did you have a question?

Harnic 09-03-2004 11:42 PM

Sorry LT, this was just a rant. I have given up for now. Using Windows to access my local network is an option, albeit tedious, but I can't get a handle on Samba right now. Thanks for checking tho. :o

crane 09-03-2004 11:44 PM

You are right kinda, networking is easier in windows. Right click, select share this folder and your done. Very easy, very unsecure.
Do a search for samba configuring. then start simple. Back up your smb.conf file and strip it to almost nothing.


# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
workgroup = [whatever your workgroup is on windows]

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
server string = samba

printcap name = /etc/printcap
load printers = yes

guest account = pcguest

# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
security = user

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================

comment = Home Directories
browseable = yes
writable = yes

# NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to
# specifically define each individual printer
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
browseable = no
# Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print
guest ok = yes
writable = no
printable = yes

just work on making it show up after that you can set up security and more shares.

Harnic 09-04-2004 01:10 AM

Thanks Crane. I will let it slide for a while. The next time I feel the urge to be humbled by an operating system I'll try your suggestions. ;) I like Linux, just not setting it up. Unlike a lot of geeks, I don't miss DOS! :D

J.W. 09-04-2004 03:28 AM

Harnic - sorry you're having trouble, but if you are interested in actually resolving the issues you describe, please post more info about the hardware you are using, the exact steps you are performing, the system messages/responses you see, etc. As it now stands, about all you've said is that you've installed MDK with mixed results. That's fine, but that doesn't really give anyone anything to go on in terms of offering suggestions about how to possibly solve the problem. If you are interested in getting networking up and running, please provide details, otherwise, if you just want to rant, please post in General. -- J.W.

Harnic 09-04-2004 04:15 PM

Sorry J.W., I didn't mean to rant in the wrong place. It was a long day & my frustration with what is so simple in Windows was peaking. I have a Pentium 3 w/ 384 MBs RAM. I have installed MDK 10 & am using the Gnome environment. I have Samba & all it's related goodies in place. All I am trying to do is connect to our home network through a router, so I can see & read shared files on the other 2 Windows computers & let them read files in a shared folder on mine. Is there a simple, less secure way of doing that which won't twist this tired old brain of mine so tight?!

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