The status module now export a small API to let other module present various reports. The first module to use it is the samba module. It uses it to present the output of the smbstatus command.
At some point, the status module will be changed to do a nicer looking job.
The samba module also insert itself in the status menu so you have access to smbstatus from both menu area (samba and status menu). In the future, other module will behave like this I guess.