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.