Gnome "Places/Network" displays computers available in your network, if you...

Gnome "Places/Network" displays computers available in your network, if you're running samba and winbindd and you've a properly configured network you're able to see other computers as well even if you didn't had a connection with them. This happens for example when you add a linux workstation in an active directory domain, shares and computer names are available to you because you're logged in a network AD domain, exactly as a windows machine does. That's what samba+winbindd can do

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