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 AppleShare, SMB (Server Message Block) or Samba, and NFS (Network Filesystem).
FTP (File Transfer Protocol), a universally supported method of exchanging files that dates back to the Internet’s earliest days. See FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
Web downloads (and uploads!). See Web.
Proprietary methods that require a subscription or special client and server software not included ...