The Network File System (NFS) was developed to allow machines to mount a disk partition on a remote machine as if it were a local disk. It allows for fast, seamless sharing of files across a network.
Once the system is installed do not forget to configure the priority of the swap spaces. If the priority is set correctly then all your swap spaces will be used as it they are stripped making it faster.
To see the current swap space setup use the command :
I find the simplest way to install Ubuntu with MATE as the desktop with the minimum I can get away with is to start with the server ISO. Yes, I know there are smaller initial downloads when using the netboot image but that means you need to set up the whole net booting server system. That seems to be over kill and involves a lot more downloading and work. Especially when you are only going to use it once.
The resulting Ubuntu server installation takes about 1.5G of disk space. With MATE it goes to 2.5GB up to 4GB for the full Ubuntu install.
Make sure that the Apache option AccessFileName has a value set, eith in the glabal configuration file, or in the config file for your virtual host.