Issues with OpenSUSE 11.3 and Samba.

I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this, but I don’t like it one bit.

So far the one big hiccup in my move to OpenSUSE has been with the Samba networking protocol. Though my NAS is plainly visible on my local network and all files held therein are easily accessible, for some reason I can’t stream video from it.

I originally thought it was a codec issue, but files copied over to my home directory play fine. I never had this problem using either Easy Peasy on my netbook or Linux Mint on my desktop computer, so I’m guessing it has to do with the specific, possibly higher-level implementation of Samba on OpenSUSE.

The only thing I was able to Google was a similarly frustrated user on the OpenSUSE Forums, but that doesn’t really matter, does it? I can feel your fingers twitching, and sense the comment you’re about to write — something to the effect of:

“Don’t bother with Samba, use NFS.”

I know I know, if there are only Linux boxes on my local network NFS is a far better choice. And OpenSUSE even has an NFS configuration tool built-in. I tried it; something didn’t take. And I’m definitely going to need someone to walk me through this.

But before I tax the collective brain power of all Linuxdom with my stupid n00b NFS questions, is there anything I can do to make videos play over my network with Samba?

Thanks in advance, even if your answer is NFS. šŸ˜‰


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