NFS. A distributed file sharing system developed almost a decade ago by Sun Microsystems, Inc. NFS allows a computer on a network to use the files and peripherals of another networked computer as if they were local. NFS is platform-independent, and runs on mainframes, minicomputers,RISC-based workstations, diskless workstations, and PCs. NFS has been licensed and implemented by more than 300 vendors.
(acronym "NFS") A protocol allowing clients to transparently access files and filesystems on remote servers. It is independent of architecture, operating system, network and transport protocols. It was originally released in 1985 and has been shipped with almost every Unix system since then.