I have an old windows machine that I recently installed the most recent Debian system on. The installation went seamlessly and everything is connected. In fact, I can reach out from my Debian machine to the other files servers on the network and open folders, files, etc. However, I cannot see any shared folders on the Debian machine from the windows computers. I want to use the Debian machine as a simple file server and have “shared” the public folder but it does not appear anywhere else. Is there a simple way to just turn on a folder to “share” it like on windows?
Ari Pollak [ Editor ]
The nautilus-share + samba packages will do this for you by adding an entry to the right-click menu in the GNOME file browser (Nautilus); however, it does require some configuration editing as root: