Linux Mint 19.1 landed over the Christmas holidays, with versions covering Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce – both in 32 and 64‐bit varieties. And it’s fantastic, too.
We’ve been using the latest Cinnamon edition since its release, and we’re pretty impressed with its use of Cinnamon 4.0, updated Nemo, Update Manager and the many other improvements and tweaks to the overall system; especially when running on a NVIDIA GPU‐based setup.
One issue, however, seems to be causing users a bit of trouble: Accessing a Windows network. This is due to Samba changing its protocol to work better with Windows 10. This side‐effect makes working with Windows 10 shares a far less buggy experience, but it does create some issues when navigating with Windows SMB/CIFS. Thankfully, the fix is simple enough.
Linux Mint 19.1 Samba Fix
Step 1 – Drop into a Terminal, and enter the following:
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Press Enter and type in your password.
Step 2 – Just under the [global] section, add the following line:
client max protocol = NT
Step 3 – Now press CRTL+X and enter Y, followed by hitting the Enter key.
This has saved the smb.conf file, and the changes necessary to fix the Samba issue.
Step 4 – Back in the Terminal window, enter: sudo reboot, and Linux Mint will restart.
All going well, you should be able to view and work with Windows SMB shares without any problems