SMB through the linux box would be easier. The challenge is to being able to run each program on the other desktop.
Go for an open source alternative and run the windows files through such an application.
You won't be able to access your files in Linux from windows on the same box unless you set up an X environment. There is no support for reading Linux filesystems in Windows.
So I was thinking of setting up some kind of network (not sure what the right term would be) so that I can access my files from anywhere with my laptop. Now, my desktop, the one I would be connecting to, has both Windows XP Pro and Ubuntu as a duel boot system. Now, my main purpose for this connection is just so I can access files on my desktop. My question is whether I should do this with my desktop booted into Windows or Ubuntu.
I know if my desktop is in Windows then I can also run programs on there as well depending on my type of connection. Would accessing my files through Linux/Ubuntu, however, be much safer?
not sure if this post belongs here or networking so I'll post a similar one in the other