First install samba:
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common smbclient
To get a share up with samba, create an /etc/samba/smb.conf and stick the following in it:
[global] workgroup=WORKGROUP guest account=nobody security=shared
[asharedfolder] path=/home/lindqvist/shared guest ok=yes read only=no writable=yes browsable=yes comment= SMB share
sudo service samba restart
1. This is an insecure share i.e. <b>anyone can access it</> and edit everything.
2.. Also, by omitting "netbios name= " you can use the IP address of the server as the hostname, but you could also specify e.g. "netbios name=niobium" and use that as the hostname in nautilus when you connect to the host server.
To set up a user- and password-based share, do
[global] workgroup=WORKGROUP security=user
[asharedfolder] path=/home/lindqvist/shared guest ok=no read only=no writable=yes browsable=yes comment= SMB share
You need to add and set the samba password, and enable the linux user you want to give access as well:
sudo smbpasswd -L -a -e lindqvist
There are a lot of other options that can be set. Two of the more interesting ones are probably
[asharedfolder] createmask=0755 valid users=me myself irene
which means that any new files created in that share via samba gets chmod 755, and only the users me, myself and irene can connect.
But often a basic smb.conf is easier to manage and will do what you want it to.