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Old 09-21-2004, 08:02 PM   #1
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what exact does DNS and NFS do. Do I actually need them?

I have two computers. They are a laptop with windows xp and a desktop with linux slackware 10.0. I have a linksys to connect them. Do I actually need DNS and NFS? IF i do, what are they for?
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General rule: if you don't know what a particular server does, you don't need it.

DNS stands for domain name service. It's what translates names like into numeric Internet addresses. So long as you can connect to your ISPs DNS servers to resolve hostnames, you're safe.

NFS is Network File System. It's a way to share filesystems over a network. You don't need this.

Googling will give you a lot more details, if you're interested.


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