If you want to make files and directories available to other computers on your network, MEPIS Linux 7.0 can handle a large variety of networking protocols to allow this. Many people accustomed to Windows may be confused by the variety of file sharing protocols and not understand why there are so many when Windows simply allows you to "share" files without much rigamarole. Being open, though, Linux allows you to choose the protocol that best suits your needs.
System-wide sharing is enabled by clicking KMenu --> Control Center --> Internet & Network --> File Sharing. Click on the bottom button Administrative Mode to select the protocol to use (Samba or NFS), folders to share, and users who may access those folders.
This is the protocol used by Windows machines (which they call SMB: “Server Message Block”). Samba is the most complete solution to share files with Windows machines on your network without making changes to the windows machines. It also offers some other services for interfacing with Windows networks, such as domain authentication, messaging services, and netbios name resolution.
This is the standard Unix protocol for sharing files. Many feel it is better than Samba for sharing files, and it can be used with Windows (2000 & XP) machines if you install Services for Unix or a third-party NFS client on them. For more information, see Links and Guides at the bottom of the page.
This is a pretty new protocol that requires some additional installation on Mepis (at least for the client). It is a mountable filesystem protocol implemented using SSH, so it is encrypted and only requires that the server be running SSH. For more information, see Links and Guides at the bottom of the page.
This is a kicker applet which allows you to very easily share files over HTTP. That is, you can access the files remotely using a web-browser. This is best when you just want to make files available for download to any kind of client OS. For more information, see Links and Guides at the bottom of the page.
This is a very old protocol that still enjoys common use and support. It does not have all the features of other protocols and is somewhat insecure, but is a good choice if you are going to share files out to the internet and you have a wide variety of client OS's. For more information, see Links and Guides at the bottom of the page.
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) communications protocol for distributing large amounts of data widely without the original distributor incurring the entire costs of hardware, hosting and bandwidth resources. See Section 8.1.