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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Using the Network File System

Network File System (NFS) is the protocol developed by Sun Microsystems that enables computers to use a remote file system as if it were a real part of the local machine. A common use of NFS is to allow users’ /home directories to appear on every local machine they use, thus eliminating the need to have physical home directories. This opens up hot desking and other flexible working arrangements, especially because no matter where the users are, their /home directories follow them around.

Another popular use for NFS is to share binary files between similar computers. If you have a new version of a package that you want all machines to have, you have to upgrade only on the NFS server, and all hosts running the same ...

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