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All winXP: with linux Server

i have a winXP network, and need a file server that is cheap and scalable.
I find 2000 server and the like to be too expensive, so am looking into linux.

1- how does linux deal with the new windows xp features, such as folder-icons?

  I think Samba only emulates a win NT server.
  I do not know if windows NT support those folder-icons, but I've seen that a folder loses its icon when you copy it to a share on a samba server.

2-It is Samba the only file server for linux?

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Samba is the only wondows-compatible file server for linux, unless you want to use an NFS client on the PC.
I'm  not sure what you mean by folder icons, that is a function of the PC, not the server.

Samba is pretty much it, but to use it with XP, you need to enable Netbios over TCP/IP on XP. Every previous version of windows enables it by default, XP disables it by default.

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