It is more & more common to have a NAS or server at home, where you keep all the files that you need to share between your home computers or appliances. For example, if you want to share your music or video library across different computers, you will mostly need to share them thru a cifs (samba) share.
This article will explain how to setup a Ubuntu workstation to automount a list of network shares. These network shares won't be mounted all the time, they will be mounted "on demand", when you need them. They will be available thru a desktop icon.
The main advantage of automount approach is to have these network shares accessible thru the normal filesystem. This way, even applications which are not able to use gnomefs will be able to access files on the network shares.
This setup has been done on a Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 workstation, but it should work on any later version.