Re: Gnome 2.26 (jaunty default) file sharing preferences
To some extent, it depends on the protocol you want to use and how secure you want to be?
gnome-user-share is described as "User level public file sharing via WebDAV or ObexFTP".
The 'traditional' way of file sharing that I learned is to set up NFS shares if all machines are Linux-based and Samba shares if there are Windows machines involved anywhere. A particular folder can operate as both an NFS share & a Samba share if necessary.
If you want to go outside the local network that is behind your router, you most definitely want a secure protocol. Scp & Sftp are secure methods of ftp transfer.
Personally I run Openssh server/client combinations across all shares and setup nfs shares within that secure environment. Works from London to Sydney ok?!! You will need to look at fixed ip addresses if connecting remotely.
Do a search of these forums (& Google if necessary for some of the key terms mentioned here. There is a heap of useful info available. There are lots of options on this matter so you need to be quite specific about what you want to achieve in order to get specific help about how to do it.
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