O’Reilly today announced the release of “Using Samba, Second Edition” (US$39.95), authored by Jay Ts, Robert Eckstein, and David Collier-Brown. Samba is a cross-platform networking tool for anyone who has both Unix (including Mac OS X) and Windows systems running on the same network. Running on a Unix system, Samba allows Windows to share files and printers on the Unix host, and it also allows Unix users to access resources shared by the Windows systems. This book “takes readers from basic installation and configuration–on both the client and server side, for a wide range of systems–through the subtle details of security, cross-platform compatibility, and resource discovery that make the difference between whether users see the folder they expect to see or find themselves facing a cryptic error message.” The new edition focuses on Samba 2.2 and covers the most important features of 3.0, which was under development as this book went to print.