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The people who are bitching clearly don't read and understand what they need to do to make things work.
My point was that under Windows and Mac OS you just start system and it all works somehow.
Under Linux they always have to "understand what they need to do." And that's the hurdle (it becomes one) you have to overcome every time you install new system. And it becomes hurdle because you always need to do something. Always. Gosh, most distros can't even ship a default secure ftpd config!!! (e.g. SUSE and Ubuntu ship ftpd configs leaving your system open for any anonymous idiot on net to see your hard drive - yet they forbid legit user to login) Needless to say that samba config always requires tinkering - in worst case Windows clients also require registry hacks for samba to be able to do anything at all.
P.S. To load of B.S. about NFS I'm saying nothing because people saying that NFS is Linux networks apparently never tried to setup and use NFS. On any kind of scale. That damm thing requires full time administrator + two psychologists to keep him sane.