Best way to mount file system remotely on OS X
My connectivity is excellent, ssh shell access is very snappy.
Is there a "best practice" way to do this?
I'm not aware of any better way to do this. To be honest, I've not searched too in-depth either.
Here is an article that should point you to the right direction…
An alternative: In the past I used "netatalk". You can find it for Ubuntu using aptitude. It is a daemon that has support for a couple Apple (OS X) protocols. One is AFP, which allows you to connect your OS X machine to a folder in Ubuntu, just like it was an OS X machine. It is an unencrypted protocol, so I used it over a VPN.
I think you will be able to do it with SSH to make it secure; but I never got into that.