Originally Posted by BulldogJim
Thanks, guys. Is there a rule of thumb about where apps are generally supposed to be installed? I figure usually on the desktop, right?
If I have understood your question correctly, there is no such rule of thumb. Install apps where you want to use them. In the case of Samba, the directories you want to share are presumably on the server so that's where Samba has to be installed, to make them available over the network to the Samba client computers which see them as Windows shares (in the jargon: CIFS, previously known as SMB networked file systems).
EDIT: when your desktop is running Debian it would be better served by sharing the same directories that you are sharing by Samba by NFS. Samba is for Windows and Windows file systems do not integrate well with Linux systems -- file naming systems and permissions are different so there is inevitably a kludge when running Samba.