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I have a headless server in my home that I store all my files on. I need a way to access the files from other computers on my LAN (all Linux). Some of these files will be very large. I have control of all the computers on the LAN. Would NFS or Samba be a better choice for remote file access?
In addition to what chrism01 said, samba also has more (and better) security options. So if that's important in your situation I would go with that. Otherwise, I agree with NFS all the way, it's much easier to set up and use, imo.
If you are retrieving video files, nfs will work better for Linux/Linux filesharing. You will be able to play a video file as if it were a local file. With samba the file will cache before playing. NFS works better if you will edit a file on a share. NFS uses byte range locking.