Originally posted by Ireland
What exactly do you mean?
There's 2 parts. The first being the rather broken "Network Browser" in the Finder. When working with windows shares you see the machine, you then click connect and most of the time you get a strange vague error:
(This error mostly comes up because the server doesn't haven any visible shares, in Windows adding a $ at the end of a share name keeps you from browsing it.)
The delete Alias button doesn't work gives you a permission error and the Fix Alias button wants you to select another file from the files system to connect it to.
The error should read "This server doesn't have any shares that can be browsed, if you know the name of a hidden share enter it below and we will connect to it"
Also I don't like how the SMB/AFP "Pick a share" dialogs are different from each other (SMB shares are listed in a drop down and you can only connect to one at a time while AFP shares are shown in a list and you can cmd/shift select and mount more then one at a time). Also whats with the dialog, show them in the Finder window.
You can also easily re-autheticate as a different user and get different shares on an SMB server so you can have multiple shares connected as different users on the same server. With AFP servers you can't re-autenticate as a different user without first disconnecting all shares first.
The 2nd part is ease of sharing random folders and applying permissions to them. In Windows and even OS 9 you could just pick a folder and share it out. It was really easy in OS9 you could even create ad-hoc users and groups that were only for that share. In Windows you just say share this folder and it can be accessed from the Network. In OS X Client you can only share out whats in the "Shared" folder and if you login as yourself from the other machine you end up getting your entire Home Directory.