HOWTO share a directory with SAMBA in Ubuntu 7+ and access it from Windows

This article was first written in November 2007 for the BeezNest
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The easy part is to right-click the directory in GNOME and select "Shared directory…", enter the sudo password, then select "SMB (Windows client)"  [1] and possibly unselect the "Read only" checkbox. This will enable the SAMBA sharing of the directory. Now when connecting from Windows, you will be asked to enter a login and a password, but even if you use correct a login/password pair, you won't be authorized, because you need to enable the access fr