[all variants] File permissions, the linux way?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I do Windows admin for money... working towards Linux because I want to. I know NTFS, global and local groups, and how to make a Windows server dish out file exactly the way I want. I want to be that way in the Linux world. I have a reasonable handle on the Linux user:group stuff, the tools, etc. I've been running home shares from a Linux server for several years and managed to get both NFS and Samba working. I know I could implement ACLs and work the way I do in Windows. However, I've learned over the last while that while I can beat Linux into sort of working like Windows... that's gene (Hardware)