Sharing Between Linux and Windows

I’m going to be working with a home network with five machines. Their URLs are:

gw    my desktop  Linux 12.10
dell  old laptop  Linux 12.10
sony  new laptop  Linux 12.10
becky desktop     Linux 12.10
photo desktop     Windows 7
I use NFS connections for Linux-to-Linux, but interconnecting with Windows requires interfacing with the Windows Workgroup facility formerly called SMB and now called (at least by Microsoft) CIFS. The Linux (or OS-X) tool for this is called Samba.

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