win98 and win95 on samba

Dr Hugh Nelson hugh.nelson at
Fri Oct 23 08:02:23 GMT 1998

hi friends,

we are running a small (12 user) network of w95 and w98 machines 
running w95 applications.

redhat 5.1 with the latest samba which we downloaded (patch 10) 
from the samba web site and installed using RPM.
it works well - similar speed to that between win95 workstations.
i am grateful for the suggestions i learned on this list

i am sharing this because the win98 machines seem just as happy as 
the win95 machines, perhaps it is because of the latest samba version 
which handles the encrypted password issue transparently.

we have a smb.conf which leaves linux fairly open, but we are using a 
private network ip address ( and not leaving any open 
lines to the internet.

this allows users to start windows 95 and just see the linux/samba 
box as part of network neighborhood and store working data there.
it also allows us to not bother with passwords - bad form i know, but 
it keeps it simple.

workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Red Hat 5_1 Samba Server
hosts allow = 192.168.0.    127.
guest account = nobody
max log size = 50
security = share
username map = /etc/samba.d/smbusers

socket options = TCP_NODELAY 
; or try this
;  socket options = TCP_NODELAY, IPTOS_LOWDELAY, read raw = no, 
;  (continue line above)  read prediction = yes
;  not very much difference in speed with or without socket options

local master = no
wins support = yes
dns proxy = no 
debug level = 3
null passwords = yes

comment = shared folder on linux
path = /sambadata
browseable = yes
writable = yes
public = yes

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