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I will try to explain the scenario in a least complicated manner;

I have 20 computers in here,

14 – Xubuntu (pc1, pc 2, pc 3, pc 4, pc 5, pc 6, pc 7, pc 8, pc 9, pc 10 pc,11, pc 12, pc13, pc14) 5 – Lubuntu (pc15, pc16, pc17, pc18, pc19) 1 – Ubuntu (pc20)

All connected to the LAN (Local Area Network)

Now, is it possible to enable pure file sharing among all of these ?

EVERY computer will have a folder named ‘shared’ on their desktop which should be able to get written and read by anyone on the LAN.

There should be NO username and password or any kind of authentication while copying/pasting or accessing the Shared folder (I don’t care about the security)

Please can someone help me in a way to set this thing up ?

And please consider that I can’t afford any fancy surprises because the end users (operators) are used to winXP file sharing.

Until now I’ve tried using Samba and sometimes it works sometimes it says permission denied, connection refused, volume not mounted. I’ve installed thunar file manager on every computer.

Sometimes while copying just a 2 MB file it takes ages, it keeps on saying copying….till my wit ends. And then I end up using a flash drive

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Isnt this the same as this question and answer? askubuntu.com/questions/100790/… –  fossfreedom Aug 25 '13 at 8:23
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marked as duplicate by Radu Rădeanu, karel, rusty, Eric Carvalho, Alvar Mar 9 at 16:23

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Do it the traditional way. Share via Samba. Access via mounts. Bookmark them in your filemanager with windownames e.g C,D,E..etc. For each PC install

samba
system-config-samba 

From LxPanel menu, open System Tools > Samba
share the folder as name 'C' and set to share to everyone.

Copy a startup script to every PC, and auto-execute at logon e.g

    sudo mkdir /mnt/C 2>/dev/null
    sudo umount /mnt/C 2>/dev/null
    sudo mkdir /mnt/D 2>/dev/null
    sudo umount /mnt/D 2>/dev/null
..etc..
    IPADR1=$(nmblookup -R host1 | grep 'host1' | cut -d' ' -f1)
    sudo mount --type cifs -o guest //$IPADR1/C /mnt/C -o uid=user1 -o gid=user1
    IPADR2=$(nmblookup -R host2 | grep 'host2' | cut -d' ' -f1)
    sudo mount --type cifs -o guest //$IPADR1/D /mnt/D -o uid=user2 -o gid=user2
..etc..

open /mnt/C in filemanager and bookmark it as 'C'. .etc..

(http://petepr.hubpages.com/hub/Lubuntu-Linux-Network-File-Shares)

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http://www.unixmen.com/how-to-configure-samba-using-a-graphical-interface-in-ubuntu/

this might help you set up samba much simpler.

is each computer sharing a folder that is stored locally on that computer, or is their one computer with the folder that you want to access on every other computer?

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Braiam Oct 12 '13 at 14:26
    
The answer in the link is a piece of software, so the only other information was really the name "samba configuration tool", which was not a very helpful piece of information. Sometimes it is better to add more than a link, sometimes it is all that is necessary. Downvoting a useful answer is not helpful to the person requesting the information –  kenbonilla Oct 24 '13 at 21:46
    
Let put it this way. The unixmem.com page closes right now, will your answer still be useful? Read the link in my comment as why we do not want link only answers. –  Braiam Oct 25 '13 at 9:04
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