Sharing with Samba | LAS 319

Sharing with Samba | LAS 319

Easily share files between Windows and Linux, and we’ll solve some common network browsing challenges under Linux.

Plus a quick look at Linux Mint 17 KDE edition, the huge new features coming to OwnCloud, a new hacker event….


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Easy Windows File Sharing from Linux:


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File Manager not show your network shares?

Install Samba:

Samba is a re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol, it facilitates file and printer sharing among Linux and Windows systems as an alternative to NFS. Some users say that Samba is easily configured and that operation is very straight-forward. However, many new users run into problems with its complexity and non-intuitive mechanism.

  • Install Samba

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install samba samba-common system-config-samba python-glade2 gksu nautilus-share

  • Enable your user account as a Samba user

smbpasswd -e chase

Having troubles resolving computer names?

  • Check your DNS settings

  • Add the following stanza to smb.conf:

name resolve order = lmhosts bcast host wins

testparm — check an smb.conf configuration file for
internal correctness

Bonus: Going through these steps will also make your Windows network file browsing work under your file manager too!

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— Picks —

Runs Linux

Raspberry Pi Controlled Aquaponics

This build uses the IBC method of Aquaponics, with modifications to include a Raspberry Pi for controlling a pump, solenoid drain, and temperature probes for water and air temperatures. The relays and timing is controlled with python scripting. Temperature and control data is collected every minute and sent to for graphing, and future expansion will include sensors for water level and PH values for additional control.

All of my scripts are available at

Desktop App Pick

beets: the music geek’s media organizer

The purpose of beets is to get your music collection right once and for all. It
catalogs your collection, automatically improving its metadata as it goes using
the MusicBrainz database. Then it provides a bouquet of tools for
manipulating and accessing your music.

Weekly Spotlight

Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

— NEWS —

ownCloud 7 Community Edition Enhances, Extends and Simplifies Control of Sensitive Data

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ownCloud 7 Community Edition server-to-server sharing enables users on one ownCloud instance to seamlessly share files with a user on a different ownCloud installation without using share links — enhancing sharing and collaboration while maintaining security and privacy.

ownCloud 7 Community Edition also gives end users a “Dropbox-like” experience — complementing the security and privacy on the back end — with an entirely new web interface, mobile web browser support, file notifications in email or activity stream, and significant performance improvements.

“ownCloud 7 Community Edition enables greater collaboration even across ownCloud instances, as well as greater admin control, updated user management and improved external storage control,” said Frank Karlitschek, founder and leader of the ownCloud project. “And at the same time, added or improved installation and configuration wizards, completely overhauled sharing, and a new user interface significantly simplifies the ownCloud experience.”

Russia to ditch Intel, AMD in favor of homegrown ‘Baikal’ chips; will use GNU/Linux

According to a Russian business newspaper, state departments and state-run companies have no plans to buy PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, beginning in 2015, the government will order some 700,000 personal computers annually worth $500 million and 300,000 servers worth $800 million based on the Baikal chip.

Where KDE is going – Part 1 |

GNOME 3.13.3 | Goings on

The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” KDE released!

Dad’s computer lady and “The Linux” by Chad Seaman

ToorCamp | the five day, open air, tech camping event

JULY 9-13, 2014


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