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If you want to share with windows you will need to install Samba.
You can also use Samba to share with other Linux machines without any problem (mount the shares as smbfs in fstab).
Although you can use both, I would suggest you use Samba to handle all your shares to both *nix and windows clients. You will save alot of time this way as you only need to set up and map one set of shares.
There should be plenty of info on the forum about how to set up your samba config.
Depending on what you try to accomplish, samba is the choice. But if you need to move around large files, ftp might be a better choice, it's a lot faster, but only for large files. Samba will do fine with small files.