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Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard by Glenn Fleishman

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Chapter 6. Decide on a File-Sharing Method

In this section I help you learn more about the file-sharing methods and determine the one that is most appropriate for your needs. You can divide networked file sharing into roughly four categories:

  • File services built into major operating system platforms, such as Mac OS and Windows. You can find more details abut file services in AFP, SMB or Samba, and NFS.

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol), a universally supported method of exchanging files that dates back to the Internet's earliest days.

  • Web downloads (and uploads!).

  • Proprietary methods that require a subscription or special client and server software not included with any operating system. Methods noted in this book are iDisk, Timbuktu Pro, and Pando.

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