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Samba clarification

I'm a little confused.

We have a network with a single subnet, which is divided between a Windows 
'community' and a Linux 'community'.  Communications between these 2 
'communities' is facilitated by a Samba server - or what we may call a 
gateway between the two.

Recently when I installed printer utilities on my workstation computer, I was 
informed that whereas samba was not installed locally I would not be able to 
share out the printer.  

Correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it all resources on my and other 
Linux workstations are not shared out to Windows OSes from the local Linux 
workstation per se, but by the Samba server (which in my case is a seperate 


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