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I have one desktop wired to router running Ubuntu 10.04 and a laptop running 11.04 connected wireless to the same router, both accessing internet.

How do I share files between these machines?

I have enabled share for folders in the desktop(10.04), but error 255 in laptop(11.04) SAMBA installed in both machines

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That error occurs when you try opening smb://<ip of machine that you are connecting to> , or when you are opening places-> network -> windows network ?. Include picture if you can. – Denwerko Aug 30 '11 at 2:41
Are your users members of the group sambashare (you may need to logout/login)? – Takkat Aug 30 '11 at 6:21

If you're only using Ubuntu or other free operating systems, then I would recommend installing Just install it on both machines. You don't have to configure the service in any way. Then, on the client in Nautilus, select File > Connect to service.. In that dialog, choose the SSH protocol, provide username and password. You can choose to remember the password for one connection, for the desktop session or forever. If you're on a local network, then you can just use hostname.local as address (for instance, mypc.local). If you're on the internet (because SSH supports that in a secure way) you can enter the IP address.

Now you can use folders on the other PC as if they were local. You can also remote control it using that server, so it's useful in other cases too.

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