Network setup wizard

  11 years ago

Windows has its network setup wizard, KDE has its Samba and User Sharing configuration applets, Gnome has ...?

Since NM replaced the old network config, there is no simple GUI way to configure local network sharing.

My suggestion is for a simple wizard/gui to allow this to be configured.

A more advanced GUI might also allow the changing of hostname, editing the hosts file, changing workgroup/domain, samba user configuration, etc.
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governmint 3 years ago

Oh yes! Please! I wish I could network my laptop to my PC (both Linux Mint 18.3). I wish I could network them with the security Linux is legendary for, but networking is gebrish to me.

Phobos22 6 years ago

So are there plans to add local networking functionality to Mint?

kevinsc1 6 years ago

I must agree!

waynea 7 years ago

intersting - people have been talking about this for several years and stil lthere is no easy way to get to linux mint boxes to talk to each other. Windoes does this flawlessly, just as it plays music through my sound card. There has to be a better way, I really wanted to get out of windows but I guess its just not possible

Maurice045 7 years ago

Yes - This is a vital update

Jimw 8 years ago

Easy networking capability should be top of the list for development. I don't want to have to use Windows ever again.

gloriousigor 8 years ago

Took me about thirty - forty hours, conservative estimate, to connect Linux Mint to my already existing local home network on a reliable basis. and I haven't even begun to figure out the mysteries of the firewall. I even downloaded a GUI or two, didn't help. It's a bear setting up a network in Linux, and I wouldn't recommend Linux for anybody that has more than 1 PC in their household unless they already know Linux networking and have done it before or learned about it from a friend, classroom or book. Why is networking so incredibly complicated in a simple home network scenario, where a user just wants to share files and maybe a printer, and keep the outside world (Internet hackers) out? This will be the scenario for 90% of users with a home network.

It would be nice to have a GUI with a drop-down menu for selecting one of ten common scenarios, and then the GUI sets up everything to support that, and if any changes are needed to support a more complicated scenario, then the advanced user can do it himself.

olbus409 9 years ago

An excellent idea. Should be a high priority.

dagon 9 years ago

Something for a developer to have a look at.

new -> considered

erojoquin 9 years ago

plese so many hours and days wasted trying to share with my family's pc's

alan0kerns 9 years ago

Oh yes please. I've wasted tens of hours over the last few days on this. The biggest problem for the ignoranti is the Byzantine complexity of all the rules. I suspect I may have rendered a difficult task impossible during my many desperate experiments. Most frustrating is that I can see my 2 pcs on file managers which refuse to do business with them because they are not mounted. And I have no idea how to mount each machine on the other.
For normal work, however, Linux Mint (Debian/Gnome) is great.
For my own sanity I'll have to give up on a LAN.

RavS 10 years ago


Gurman 10 years ago

Good idea!
Must be a two gui: wizard/simple for newbies and advanced for admins.

haluan 10 years ago

it's to easy,not so important to write it as an idea

Tonya 10 years ago

good, but not enough

ckristi 10 years ago

How about "Press Alt-F2 and type shares-admin".

Tonya 10 years ago

A very good idea! Network setup wizard must be in "Control Centre". And I am for more advanced GUI.

Reljoy 10 years ago

I have found it very strange that I can very, very easily network to a Windows computer using Mint but I can't very easily connect to another Mint computer. I would love to see a streamlined simple approach to networking between two Mint computers. Another thing that confuses me is that AFAIK samba was created to connect Linux to Windows - why do we use samba to connect Mint to Mint?

clevermercury 10 years ago

Agreed... I haven't seen a way outside the CLI to change the hostname.

oi_antz 10 years ago

Yes to this, especially Samba configurations. One thing seriously lacking is the mounting of network shares, such as Windoze has the "Map network drive" which is quite a simple entry into /etc/fstab or a script run at startup, but certainly a gui would make this process much easier to manage and more rock-solid, especially for newbies.