Dunno if you care but....
As a recent convert to Mandrake 9.0 (which *rocks*) from Windoze (which doesn't) I attempted to network Mandy 9 and Win 98 machines, share files and modems etc.
After much stuffing aboot, I did a clean install and followed the very clear instructions for Samba config at http://dcfonline.sfu.ca/ying/linux/samba/part7.html
(Samba allows file sharing - haven't done the printer yet....?) to share files between both machines.
What about the modem I hear you ask? Well, as my 56k dialup WINMODEM (boo, hiss) is already in my 98 box I used WinProxy (http://www.winproxy.net/
- an easily configured proxy server for Windoze) and after a few clicks had the modem shared! Very simple and works for net, mail, ftp and news access. Better yet, it's free if you only have two machines and are happy with a sub-1MB cache.
The only trouble I have is that WinProxy seems to interfere with the Linux box contacting Webmin and SWAT servers - so I just turn it off when I need to!
I was amazed how simple this was and felt the urge to share.
Hope it helps (*someone*).
P.S. Am running ZoneAlarm Pro on the win98 box and ran fwgen.php on the Linux box and everything is still happy. Don't ask for my fwgen config tho (as if you say) 'cause I relied on a mate for that.