Jordan Hubbard has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.1.1, which fixes some issues that have come to light in FreeNAS 9.1. Some of them were cosmetic issues,, others were outright bugs such as 32-bit plugins that were not working.
A few features that were known to be broken, such as AIO in Samba3 or IPv6 in plugin jails, were also disabled to avoid people shooting their feet off.
Finally, a number of important ZFS stability fixes were also picked up from the TrueOS repo during the creation of 9.1.1-RELEASE.
Users will be able to download the images for the i386 and x64 architectures. A complete list of changes and updates can be found in the announcement. Download the FreeNAS 9.1.1 here.
About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.
Eric Turgeon announced a couple of days ago GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 operating system is available for download and testing.
The second beta build of the 3.5 development release is now available on SourceForge with LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures. Please be aware this release provides users, beta testers and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release. It may contain buggy code and features, so we encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems.
Being based on FreeBSD 9.2 RC2, GhostBSD 3.5 Beta 2 comes with improved 64-bit drivers packages, as well as with fixed packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
This release is distributed only with the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. The MATE and Openbox desktops are not yet ready, but the developer promises that they will be available in the next Beta release.
Changes between -BETA1 and -BETA2 include:
FreeBSD BETA2 to RC2.
Fix amd64 divers packages.
Fix amd64 and i386 packages.
Please remember this is a beta release and should not be used in a production environment.
About GhostBSD: GhostBSD is a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system, for the desktop featuring the MATE, LXDE and OpenBox desktop environments. GhostBSD is aimed at home and office users and comes with a graphical user interface and installer. GhostBSD can be used as a live CD or installed onto a hard disk.
iXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.1.1-RC2, skipping RC1.0. “This release is truly a Release Candidate in that it fixes all the known show-stoppers from 9.1.0-RELEASE. If nothing serious is found with it, this will be re-rolled unchanged as 9.1.1-RELEASE in a couple of days.”
These are a number of links to interesting news items and links you may want to check out:
FreeBSD 9.2 Feature Highlight: ZFS General Improvements
Along with the many user facing changes discussed previously, there are also a number of internal changes to ZFS that will be available with the release of FreeBSD 9.2. [freebsdnow]
FreeBSD Can Compete With Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8
The NVIDIA BSD performance is very good for OpenGL as shown in this article with a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. FreeBSD 9.1. In fact, for some OpenGL workloads the Linux games are running faster on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 than Ubuntu! [Phoronix]
CloudSigma’s new website
CloudSigma, which based in Zurich (Switzerland) and provide FreeBSD VPS services in Europe, has announced it has a new and more intuitive website. CloudSigma was founded to meet the growing need for a pure IaaS that places little or no restrictions on how its users deploy their computing resources.
Apple’s Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots
Hubbard left Apple last month to return to the world of open source UNIX, taking the chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD. Apple was quite an education, and now, he wants to bring the “Apple approach” back to the open source game. [wired.com].
vBSDcon 2013 Registrations Open
In these most recent months, we have been developing the vBSDcon conference website hosted at www.vbsdcon.com. It includes full details surrounding the schedule, agenda, and speakers for vBSDcon. The most recent addition to the conference website is that registrations are now open! [Announcement].
There’s also a new interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski on BSDTalk (bsdtalk230).
DEF CON 21 Recap
Mike Biehn, an iXsystems employee and a veteran of DEF CON attended DEF CON 21 a few weeks ago. DEF CON 21 Recap.
JabirOS 1.0.1 released
We’re pleased to announce new release of “The new JabirOS” after a long time! This version is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC1. In this version , we’ve added ”OpenBox” as default window manager and “SLiM” as default display manager. [jabirproject.org]
DNSSEC @ MDLUG.org
Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC (about 20 mins into the video).
FreeNAS 9.1 has been released. We have read the blog posts, the press releases, and we probably all agree that this FreeBSD based NAS is becoming better and better with each release. FreeNAS is still ‘growing up’ and new features are added to each new version.
Since FreeNAS is still changing so much, maybe be developers can do something about the GUI side of things, i.e. the Web Interface.
The goal of FreeNAS is to simplify complex admin tasks in the underlying FreeBSD (nanobsd) base through a poin-and-click Web Interface: volumes can be created, permissions changed, data sharing turned on/off, music/video streaming set up, and most, if not all, ZFS features are included.
All this makes FreeNAS a powerful network attached system (NAS), especially if you consider it is open source and free to download, but I think the Web Interface can still do with some TLC as it can be confusing and is not always newbie friendly.
There are 6 menu buttons (top left) linking to “System”, “Network”, “Storage”, “Sharing”, “Services”, “Plugins” and “Jails”. In the Menu tree, under this bar, you will see the same (and more) links, unnecessary duplication. If “Account” is one of the main menus, why is this then one on the right hand top side, and not on the left with the others?
When you close / log out of the FreeNAS Web Interface and go back in, the menu tree is left expanded as it was left. It looks nicer if the tree was collapsed each time you open up the GUI.
Every time options are saved or when you cancel a screen, the whole menu tree is reloaded/refreshed, which takes about 1-2 seconds. This could be due to some settings or limitation in the Django framework, but it is annoying.
When you go into some of the (sub)menus and make changes, a tab gets added to the tab bar (top right), next to “Reporting” | “Settings” | “System Information”. What is the point of this? You’re not going to use your NAS GUI for hours (usually). You make the changes and come out of it. There’s no need for these shortcuts.
For new users of FreeNAS, it would be helpful if there was a short introduction with some step-by-step instruction on the first screen to help them set up the basic things (User, Volume, Privileges etc). Yes, there’s the FreeNAS handbook with everything set out step-by-step, but judging from questions on the FreeNAS forums I guess there are more users that don’t read through the manual than those who do.
Personally, I prefer the old FreeNAS 0.7 horizontal menu. It was, and is now in NAS4Free, easy to use and straightforward, with no duplication. The other thing I like in NAS4Free, is that you can make all changes on the opened screen, i.e. there are no pop-up windows with yet more settings.
I appreciate a NAS GUI is not something you need every day. In an ideal world you install and set up your NAS and let it then run (headless), but there are still some areas where FreeNAS should improve to avoid confusion and duplication.
If you have no need to install or use FreeNAS, but are still interested to see what it looks like, have a look at the screenshots below (click on the pictures to magnify).