Network places in XFCE4 in puredyne

puredyne uses XFCE4 as its default desktop, which makes it lighter to run than using Gnome. It usese Thunar for file browsing but does not, however, have a built-in facility to browse network (smb or Windows) shares.

An application that provides a GUI-based facility to browse and mount network shares is Gigolo. To install it:

sudo apt-get install gigolo
sudo apt-get install gvfs-fuse

You may also need to install gvfs-backends:

sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends

You may also need to edit /etc/hosts to include an entry for the server you wish to connect to, such as:     myserver

To browse network places, go to Applications > System > Remote Filesystems

then under "View" enable "Side Panel" to view available network places.