The last FreeNAS beta (0.69) has built-in support for Bittorrent. This guide shows step-by-step how to set it up and use it.
FreeNAS 0.7 is still at alpha stage. However, HarryD is already using it as a production server and confirms it’s pretty stable after some minor tweaks.
It’s all very promising and I can’t wait for 0.7 final to come out. My advice, before that version is released, don’t blindly trust in ZFS, but make additional backups and store them on another machine. Just in case…
First of all it is important to ‘tune’ ZFS. I’ve seen some panics of my systems without using this parameters. It is necessary to use lots of RAM for ZFS. I have 2GB in my little server…
The FreeNAS guys are doing a great job: another beta release in the .69 series. The forth beta upgrades the underlying FreeBSD system to 6.4.
- Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4.
- Upgrade rsync to 3.0.4.
- Upgrade PHPMailer to 2.2.1.
- Upgrade Transmission to 1.34.
- * Add new attribute ‘Temporary directory’ to UPnP WebGUI to define a directory used to store temporary transcoded files.
- Modify /etc/rc.d/samba script.
- Add ‘Who’ combobox to RSYNC client/local jobs to select user which is used to execute this job.
- Add ‘Enable’ checkbox to RSYNC client/local jobs to enable/disable them (FR 2123243).
- Add hw.ata.to=15 to sysctrl to prevent ‘TIMEOUT – WRITE_DMA’ errors, e.g. when using APM for harddrives (FR 2101811).
Then there are still the usual bug fixes, restrictions and known bugs.
The latest beta can be downloaded here.
Today a new beta version of FreeNAS 0.69 has been released. As soon as FreeBSD 6.4 is released, expect the next and hopefully stable FreeNAS version.
- add nullfs.ko and unionfs.ko kernel modules;
- display warning message when user is going to delete software RAID or encrypted volume;
- add ‘Recursive’, ‘Times’, ‘Compress’ and ‘Archive’ checkboxes to RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
- add ‘Delete algorithm’ option in RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
- add ‘Execute now’ button in RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
- add NVIDIA nForce MCP on-board Ethernet support;
- add audio and video transcoding support to fuppes;
- increase mfs_root size to 74MB (32-bit) and 80MB (64-bit);
- CTorrent BitTorrent client has been replaced by Transmission which includes a WebGUI….”
ostatic.com recently interviewed Olivier Cochard-Labbe, FreeNAS founder, and Volker Theile, project administrator. FreeNAS is free, lightweight, open source network attached storage (NAS) server software, based on FreeBSD.
The following questions were asked:
- Who is your typical user? How do you support your users?
- How did you get involved in FreeNAS?
- How have you monetized your project thus far?
- How do you benefit from the particular license you’ve chosen?
- What does the open source movement need?
Full interview here.