"The first installment of this series helped you enable Windows
sharing (SMB) and configure your Workgroup and Computer Name values
in Ubuntu. Part 2 will give you a tour of the networking interfaces
in Ubuntu; which are surprisingly somewhat similar to Windows XP.
You'll soon be connecting, checking connection details, and
browsing network computers in the Linux world.
"As in any other present-day operating system (OS), Ubuntu has a
network icon on the main tool bar... When you're connected to a
wireless network, the icon serves as a quick signal strength
indicator. The icon itself shows you signal level with its four
signal bars and hovering over the icon shows you the SSID (or
network name) and signal strength in terms of a percentage..."
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