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is there a built in file sharing for linux or unix systems, that is not Samba / Windows based, just for sharing files between 'nix systems? And is sharing in this way supported by gnome and other desktop GUIs? I'm using ubuntu.

Thanks, craig

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You can also share files through SSH, which is secure.

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True, sshfs works wonders. But data encryption has a slight impact on performance. – halp Aug 23 '10 at 3:16
Not too bad for casual sharing, it all depends on the actual requirements. – user48838 Aug 23 '10 at 4:24

Read up on NFS exports. I don't think they're terribly secure (use Samba!) but they do the job.

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NFS4 can be pretty secure when using the new connection encryption and authentication mechanisms. – joschi Aug 23 '10 at 6:15

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