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On ubuntu, I can go to file browser and 'Folder sharing' and select 'share this folder, I can see this folder on Window machine.

And then I see this guide to setup samba on ubuntu.

My question is what can samba provide which does not already provide by the 'folder sharing ' feature?

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Folder sharing almost certainly uses samba. The guide you linked to is about setting up a server, allowing you to tweak more settings than just "share this folder". I am pretty sure that they both use samba in the background though.

So, in answer to your question, they are the same thing, set up using different methods.

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Ubuntu’s built-in file-sharing tool uses Samba, which is interoperable with Windows. Reference:

For more questions about ubuntu related issue you can go to official ubuntu stackexchange site:

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