>>I can connect to the internet from my Linux machine, but I cannot see any
>>above PC on Linux or vice versa. Of course I know nothing about Linux
>>little of the others for that matter). Red Hat Linux
> Go directly to www.samba.org, and make sure your Linux distribution included
> the Samba software, or you can build it from scratch.
I think all the recent RedHat's have Samba, and install it by
default, so you've probably already got it there. All you need
to do is turn on the "SMB" server..you can do that from your Linux
desktop by searching for the "Server Configuration" menu choice,
checking the "smb" box, and clicking "Start." It might already
be running, in which case you "Restart" instead.
Once you do that, you need to tell Samba (in Windows terms) "which
folders to share." The only way I know to do that is to edit
/etc/samba/smb.conf on the Linux box and restart the server, but
there's probably a GUI tool.
Once you've done all this, your Windows machines will have the
Linux box's "shared folders" in their "Network Neighborhoods."
It's a little harder to go the other direction. You've gotta add
a line like this to /etc/fstab on your Linux box:
//<windows-hostname>/<shared-folder-name> /<Linux-directory> smbfs username=<WINDOWS-UID>,password=<WINDOWS-PW>,workgroup=<WINDOWS-WG> 1 1
mkdir the <Linux-directory>, and run mount. I say that's a
little harder, because you've got to learn a little about file
systems mounting and such. You've also got to get the
login/passwd stuff working on Windows.
It's an entertaining thing to get Samba working, if you enjoy
that kind of thing. :-)