[xubuntu] Thunar, Gigolo and browsing network shares in xfce

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I am new to xfce (xubuntu 11.10) and was surprised at the featureless, unfriendly Thunar is used instead of Nautilus. Apparently Thunar cannot browse network shares (and many other things) the way Nautilus can. I have read and tried numerous work-arounds but none work very well. So I was wondering if anyone else has a solid recipe for network shares in Thunar? The common Thunar error message when trying to browse a windows network: "Failed to open workgroup, Failed to retrieve share list from server" I tried Gigolo, which seems like a lot of hassle just to access shares, as though (Hardware)