In This Chapter
There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other.
—J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 1997
Besides printers, the next big thing in local networking is file sharing. File sharing is a necessity in the business world, but it can also come in handy within the home network as well. Having a common place for everyone in the house to place pictures, music, or documents makes using floppies and flash drives almost obsolete.
There’s no doubt that the Microsoft network environment is the most popular file sharing system available. Any Microsoft Windows computers can connect together to share folders with one another. But just because you decided to use Linux doesn’t mean you’re left out in the cold. In this chapter, I walk you through the steps necessary to create your own file server on your home network that can be accessed from any Microsoft or Linux device on your network.