The smbd daemon provides the file and print services to SMB clients, such as Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows for Workgroups or !LanManager?. The configuration file for this daemon is described in smb.conf
The nmbd daemon provides NetBIOS nameserving and browsing support. The configuration file for this daemon is described in smb.conf
The smbclient program implements a simple ftp-like client. This is useful for accessing SMB shares on other compatible servers (such as Windows NT), and can also be used to allow a UNIX box to print to a printer attached to any SMB server (such as a PC running Windows NT).
The testparm utility is a simple syntax checker for Samba's smb.confconfiguration file.
The testprns utility supports testing printer names defined in your printcap file used by Samba.
The smbstatus tool provides access to information about the current connections to smbd.
The nmblookup tools allows NetBIOS name queries to be made from a UNIX host.
The make_smbcodepage utility provides a means of creating SMB code page definition files for your smbd server.
The Samba software suite is licensed under the GNU Public License(GPL). A copy of that license should have come with the package in the file COPYING. You are encouraged to distribute copies of the Samba suite, but please obey the terms of this license.
The latest version of the Samba suite can be obtained via anonymous ftp from samba.org in the directory pub/samba/. It is also available on several mirror sites worldwide.
You may also find useful information about Samba on the newsgroup comp.protocol.smb
If you wish to contribute to the Samba project, then I suggest you join the Samba mailing list at http://lists.samba.org
Contributors to the project are now too numerous to mention here but all deserve the thanks of all Samba users. To see a full list, look at ftp://samba.org/pub/samba/alpha/change-log
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.