[all variants] How do I transfer files with a direct connection between two computers?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I need to clone my hard drive, with Clonezilla, on my old computer and copy it temporarily as an image on my laptop. How do I set it up so I can copy it to my laptop with a direct ethernet cable connection between them? Clonezilla can use samba, nfs, ssh. I am a TOTAL noob when it comes to this networking stuff, so if someone could help me hook this up, that would be awesome! Thanks. (HowTos)