I really want to embrace and love Ubuntu, but this networking is a pain. I've just managed to upgrade to 11.10 - which was no one click and your away experience. In 11.04 after many hours of frustration I'd finally got Clementine to connect to my WHS box. This as a result (and I did not document my personal efforts to get the result) of much trial and error.
For the life of me I cannot understand why for the average user it is so difficult to connect to a Windows box and share files, in my case my 20,0000 or so FLAC files that reside on my Windows Home Server box. Fortunately, I've one old laptop I running 11.04 that connects my DAC / hifi to my music library using Ubuntu, for play my music through my stereo system. But I've many Audacity project files from recording my analog cassette recordings and vinyl album transfers. It's all audiophile grade stuff and the editing / tagging I prefer to do in Ubuntu.
The title of this request is the error message I end up getting from clicking the home folder, then the smb folder on the left hand panel. It also comes up when I get as far as the WORKGROUP folder in the 'Browse Network' icon under 'Network'. Added to this error message is the explanation "Error: Failed to mount Windows share Please select another viewer and try again." I'm on wired home network, that work flawlessly with Win 7.
Honestly I cannot understand this at this stage of Ubuntu's development. I would think this is mission critical stuff, getting a shared Win./ Ubuntu network to be a no brainer. There's so much to like about Ubuntu, but networking shares is not up there.
Can some kind person guide me to get my Win shares back? Also, it would be good to know that Mr Shuttleworth has this on the development team's must do list for the next release. It's going to be a huge deal breaker, if boxes in a home network cannot be setup by the average user.