Chapter 19. Linux File Sharing (NFS)
When it comes to file sharing, you've got a number of options. For instance, you can choose from NFS, Samba, CODA, AFS, and others. When all that fails, there's always sneakernet. That last one doesn't require an awful lot of explanation: If you've got sneakers, you're connected. Throw that file onto a diskette or a tape or burn a CD, then walk it over to the remote system.
From a historical perspective, NFS is the granddaddy (or grandmamma, I can't be sure) of network file-sharing technologies. It was developed by Sun Microsystems and has been around since the '80s. Its great strength is that it is on just about every Linux and UNIX distribution.
Network shared directories are used for more than just extra space ...