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I'll take a beating on this, but you simply cannot, in any cost effective manner, replace all Win2k3 Srv's functionality with Samba. You will lose out on Group Policy (though old, best forgotten, NT4 style group policy will work -- to the extent that ever worked), any WSUS installation and some smaller things. Those first two are killers as they alone ease admin burden a ton.
Even a basic migration from WinSrv to Samba with LDAP backend is a real chore.
Samba is VERY good as a member server of an AD domain and will happily play along with MS's implementations of Kerberos and LDAP as well as Distributed File System...very nice.
So, if it's a "must do" project, I'd look first at how you're going to handle Group Policy and patching. Samba hits the high points on most of the rest. Also, investigate the use of Posix ACLs on the partitions/filesystems where Samba shares are mounted. ACLs and certain Samba settings put the frosting on the cake when trying to create a client experience very nearly indistinguishable from Windows Server/LanMan.
If this is just a home system, or a small office network (say <50 users) then you might have a look at SME server.
SME is an idiot proof (as near as that can be) Linux install based (on CentOS 4.4) that can be a DC, file server, web server, mail server, fax server, print server and many more. It has a very active support community and is free.
Do a Google search for SMEserver
That page has links to the Downloads, Documentation, user forums, the Contribs (what they call addons - as in Contributions) and Howtos.
I have been using it for 3 years, updating automatically as updates become available, both at home and at the small not-for-profit offices I support. It just works!