Samba browsing checklist? lol.
Has samba browsing of windows shares worked on Ubuntu 12.04 or LM13??
Samba browsing works on Ubuntu 12.04, LM13, Ubuntu 12.10, LM14 as long as you understand the rules
As far as I know it just doesn't work "out of the box" for "listening" for windows computers and listing them. It's well documented.
It has worked out of the box for me and for home networks I have set up for at least the last 6 years - at least with Debian based distros. I'll admit that things have gotten more complicated with Win7 since it really really wants the Linux client to act like a Windows client and present a username when browsing. Prior to that I used RedHat based or SuSE distros and they seemed to go out of their way to prevent it.
As the checklist illustrates there are things that get in the way of browsing by netbios name:
Installer Impediments: Linux hostname length limits are far in excess of netbios name length limits - the installer doesn't know that.
User Impediments: aka, firewalls
Network Topology: Some folks have multiple routers and multiple subnets and they expect to browse across them - not going to happen.
Start up services: nmbd and smbd sometimes just don't run at start up. This has gotten better over time - 12.04 nailed it as far as I can tell.
And finally there are sometimes things that defy logic and it's the router itself that prevents it. An illustration is here on a brand new generation of routers where all the engineers who knew how routers work must have been fired: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=118653&p=659333#p658893
In your particular case you have a show stopper right out of the start:
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The samba client on your machine can't "see" the samba server on your machine - it's unlikely that it will see anyone else's - see how far the checklist can get you.