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Chapter 6. Configuring Peer-to-Peer Networks > Combining Linux and Windows

Combining Linux and Windows

Because peer-to-peer networks provide a way to connect a few computers together on “the cheap,” we should also take a look at how Linux can fit into a Windows peer network. Linux is becoming an inexpensive alternative to other desktop operating systems (and also in the network operating system arena). This is particularly due to the fact that a number of Linux distributions can actually be downloaded from the Internet for free.

Linux-based computers can be made a part of a Windows workgroup by configuring an add-on program on the Linux computers called Samba. Samba derives its name from SMB or Server Message Block. SMB is an important part of the NetBIOS protocol and supplies the data blocks that make requests between client and server or between peers on a Microsoft network.


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