Data transfer from one Linux machine to another with FTP or scp
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Sorry for this long pause but it was for a good cause.
First, I did not know I had to have an FTP server or sshd running.
Taking heed to both your posts, I ran out and bought "Linux Administration, A Beginner's guide". No particular preference here, only the word "Beginner" and a quick browse in the TOC guided my choice.
After reading these chapters and installing ProFTPD, I could do my transfers.
I learnt a few things in the process, above all how friendly and helpful the Linux community is, and last, but not least, that from now on I will commit my important files only to a Linux machine properly set up.