Ok, this may be a bit of a complicated problem, but I'll try to simplify it as much as possible. We are on a University Campus network, and I am working for a professor who wants to setup at least 3 new computers to 4 which are already existing. So I'd like to know what you all think the best way to setup these computers to work together is. Below are the requirements:
- One computer will share the data (it has 1TB HDD)
- The other computers will regularly be accessing and editing the data directly, so a mounted file system (NFS, SSHFS, etc) may be needed (SVN or CVS is not an option as it needs to be easy for the users and professor).
- All computers should be capable of being used to do calculations (full use of processor/ram).
The issues I am wondering specifically about is making the shared files private enough so that only the authorized people can access it, while not having to manually make sure that all UIDs, GIDs, etc are the same across all computers (which is the current setup using NFS). Ideally any user should be able to use any computer and have the same environment, but this is not a requirement. Currently, the computers are running Fedora (not sure which version) and Ubuntu, one 8.04 and the other 9.04. If you have a recommendation of a specif OS which makes this task easy, then I would like to hear it, otherwise I am thinking of converting all of them into Ubuntu 9.04 as it is what I am the most familiar with.