Thanks, Gary, for letting me know.
Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives.
InfoWorld’s annual Bossies awards recognize top free and open source software, and the second annual list of winners is out now. Unlike SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards, where winners are determined by votes from the community, the Bossies are awarded by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff.
Congratulations to the FreeNAS team. Well done
Volker Theile has announced the availability of the second beta release of FreeNAS 0.69, a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network Attached Storage (NAS) services.
- Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.0.
- Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 1.2531.
- Upgrade Samba to 3.0.30.
- Add ‘perms’ and ‘xattrs’ parameter to RSYNC client/local shares.
- Allow user to add additional parameters to RSYNC client/local shares.
- Modified WebGUI look & feel.
- Add ctorrent client (No WebGUI, only console support).
- Disable splashscreen because it causes reboots on some systems.
- Keep time zone informations up to date (BR 2034132).
- Upgrade rsync to 3.0.3.
- Enable WLAN interface setup via console.
- Add ‘Loewe Connect’ UPnP support (FR 2003278).
- Modify iSCSI-Target WebGUI. This will hopefully reduce ‘Extent’ configuration problems.
- Disallow adding duplicate named CIFS/SMB and AFP shares.
- Rename environment variable used by /etc/rc.d/rsync_client and rsync_local scripts to rsync_client_logfile and rsync_local_logfile.
- If ‘Recycle bin’ has been enabled for a CIFS/SMB share the ‘.recycle’ directory will be created with 0777 permissions. A subdir will be created for each user with 0700 permissions.
- Add ‘mount_smbfs’ command.
If you’re just itching for an excuse to reuse that retired desktop PC or laptop sitting in your closet there here’s your chance: the basics of installing FreeNAS, an open-source DIY NAS. So instead of spending money on off the shelf options why not save yourself some cash and make use of the stuff you already have and get a super customizable network storage device to boot.
This video from Revison3 explains the theory behind NAS and shows how to set up a FreeNAS server.
- Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.3;
- add ‘lagg’ link aggregation and link failover interface support (kernel);
- switch back to SCHED_4BSD scheduler; add generic web server service;
- complete review and typo fixes in source code;
- upgrade rsync to 3.0.2, smartmontools to 5.38, lighttpd to 1.4.19, e2fsprogs to 1.40.10, PHP to 5.2.6;
- use SAJAX to update miscellaneous WebGUI pages every 5 seconds to display current states;
- refactor complete S.M.A.R.T. WebGUI and ActiveDirectory WebGUI;
- add ability to web server WebGUI to configure URLs requiring authentication;
- replace Adaptec SCSI RAID administration tool aaccli with arcconf;
- upgrade Adaptec AACRAID 32- and 64-bit driver to version 5.2.0 Build 15727;
- replace UPnP media player MediaTomb with Fuppes