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Samba setup or alternative?

As I do not use Windows, I was never fond of samba.
Now I want to have access from my laptop to my home directory on my Desktop computer(home network server) which both run Debian Sid other than just ssh.

I want to be able to mount that directory on my laptop when needed.

I have worked through a number of Debian-related howto's on how to set up a Samba server.  BTW most of them seems to me a bit outdated.

Anyhow, this is what I get:

$ smbclient -L // -U js
Enter js's password:
Domain=[SPYKER] OS=[Windows 6.1] Server=[Samba 4.5.4-Debian]

        Sharename       Type      Comment
        ---------       ----      -------
        print$          Disk      Printer Drivers
        IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba 4.5.4-Debian)
        js              Disk      Home Directories
        PDF             Printer   PDF
        Samsung-ML-191x-252x-Series Printer   Samsung ML-191x 252x Series
Domain=[SPYKER] OS=[Windows 6.1] Server=[Samba 4.5.4-Debian]

        Server               Comment
        ---------            -------
        SPYKER               Samba 4.5.4-Debian

        Workgroup            Master
        ---------            -------
        SPYKER               SPYKER
14:23:25 js@spyker:/etc/samba$ smbclient  // -U js
Enter js's password:
Domain=[SPYKER] OS=[Windows 6.1] Server=[Samba 4.5.4-Debian]
tree connect failed: NT_STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_NAME

From what I have found searching on Duckduckgo.com the failure message indicates a permission problem.  Apparently the permissions should be 0755.  I am not prepared to do that to my home directory on the Desktop Computer.

Now my questions:

Why on earth is the OS indicated as Windows 6.1?
Is it possible to share my home directory on the Desktop (spyker) without changing it's permissions?
Is there not a better way to mount spyker's home directory on my laptop?

My configuration in the 'homes'  section of smb.conf

   comment = Home Directories                                                                                            
   browseable = no
   read _only_ = no                                                                                                        
   create mask = 0700                                                                                                    
   directory mask = 0700                                                                                                 


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