Chapter 23. Samba
Samba uses the SMB protocol to share files and printers across a
network connection. Operating systems that support this protocol
include Microsoft Windows, OS/2, and Linux.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 kernel contains Access Control List (ACL) support for ext3 file
systems. If the Samba server shares an ext3 file system with ACLs
enabled for it, and the kernel on the client system contains
support for reading ACLs from ext3 file systems, the client
automatically recognizes and uses the ACLs.
Samba is useful if you have a network of both Windows and Linux
machines. Samba allows files and printers to be shared by all the
systems in a network. To share files between Linux machines only,
use NFS as discussed in Chapter 22 Network
File System (NFS). To share printers between Linux machines
only, you do not need to use Samba; refer to Chapter 34 Printer Configuration.