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Use Linux and WebDAV to Facilitate Online Collaboration

Mar 29, 2011, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The WebDAV protocol enables users to store and share files via HTTP. This is particularly valuable in cases where HTTP is usually read-only, as WebDAV allows writing as well. In addition to accessing documents, users can (with suitable permissions) edit and re-upload them. Think of it as a networked file-system run over HTTP; or as a way of supporting long-distance collaboration on files. The protocol supports locking and versioning information, so once you've accessed the WebDAV folder, you can edit files without risking overwriting other people's edits. These days, there are more and more ways available to undertake online collaboration, but WebDAV remains a useful and straightforward way to share files, especially as it's supported by plenty of software at both server and client end.

"Unlike FTP, HTTP provides strong authentication and encryption, as well as caching and proxy support -- and because WebDAV works over HTTP, WebDAV gets all of that for free. SSH would be another option, but SSH is a bit more limited in terms of moving files around, and it has nowhere near the quality of client support and tools available. "

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