"If you have Windows PCs on your home network and have no
pressing reason to use NFS (Network File System) support to share
files, then read no farther. NFS is actually more robust than
Samba, but it is also more complicated depending upon what features
"From a basic point of view, NFS and Samba are very similar.
Both have a client and server application. Both allow a server to
share files with clients. Both have clients and servers on almost
every platform. The big difference is the Windows PCs have
Samba-compatible clients and servers as part of their default
network support and Windows requires third party software to
support NFS. Conversely, UNIX systems usually come with and use NFS
by default with Samba being used to provide file sharing with
"Perhaps the biggest difference between NFS and Samba is that
NFS does not have the resource browser capability. This means that
an NFS client cannot poll a server to see what directories have
been exported. Samba clients do this using NetBIOS so it is
possible to determine what directories are being shared. NFS
requires the information be delivered by other means."
"This article covers the basics of NFS configuration. There are
a number of NFS HOWTOs and books on NFS that are good sources of
information in addition to the online manual pages for the
applications mentioned in this article. These should be used if
security is an issue."
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