Question: I have a (what I think is dumb) question…
Samba 3.0 uses a default filesystem of NTFS for shares (from reading the man page smb.conf(5)). My question is this:
Does this mean that all shares must be NTFS if I do not specify otherwise?
Answer: I have a number of shares on a Linux server that are seen from Windows machines. The linux server disks are formatted as ext3, even though though to Windows they look like normal network drives. No NTFS partition(s) on the server.
You can share files from any file system.
Samba does not care about the files system, when the Linux install can read the partition, so can Samba. Use whatever filesystem you like.