Now according to everything I've read, it's supposed to be a simple matter to set up OSX (Jaguar) to run a simple FTP server. However, the reality seems to be different. Here's what I did: 1) created a new user account and password that I could pass along to family and friends wanted to exchange files using ftp. 2) Went to System Preferences, opened the Sharing dialog and turned on ftp access. 3) Using the Network Utility, I discovered and recorded my IP Address. 4) Started a linux machine I own, opened a Konsole window and ftp'd to the Mac's IP. Enetered the new user name and password to log on. So far, so good. I received a welcome message that read "Welcome to Darwin!" etc.. 5) (now everything falls apart) as soon as I send any kind of command such as "ls" to list files, I get a message that reads "Entering Passive Mode" at which time everything stops and after a few minutes I get "ftp: connect: Connection timed out" This happens every time no matter what cammand I try to use, even a simple change directory command. Trying to connect using an ftp client from Windows 2000 results in similar problems. Does anyone have any suggestions? What's up with this? I've thought of installing a more robust ftp server such as proftpd, but I really don't need that level of performance.