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Ubuntu Hacks by Bill Childers, Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer

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Hack #20. Access Remote Filesystems

Use integrated desktop tools to access a number of different remote network shares.

Let's face it: sometimes it's difficult to fit all of the files you need on a single computer. Whether they be Windows shares at your office, FTP servers somewhere on the Internet, or even machines on the network running SSH, you can access all of these servers and more from the Ubuntu desktop with a few clicks.

The key to connecting to remote filesystems is the "Connect to Server" dialog window. Click Places→Connect to Server to see the default window, shown in Figure 2-15.

A sample "Connect to Server" dialog for FTP connections

Figure 2-15. A sample "Connect to Server" dialog for FTP connections

There are a number of different connection types the dialog supports. Figure 2-16 shows the options available from the drop-down menu. Apart from a few specific options, each of these connection types shares the same sorts of options. The top of the window requests the location of the server (a hostname or IP address), and then below that is a list of nonessential options you can configure. For instance, you can give each of your connections custom names so that they are easier to tell apart from each other.

The submenu shows the different types of remote servers you can connect to

Figure 2-16. The submenu shows the different types of remote servers you can connect to

Connecting to a Windows share is a good ...

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