Flash Memory Summit 2014 – FreeNAS

FreeNAS_logo_lightDuring the Flash Memory Summit, Chris (Tweaktown) spoke to Matt and Josh (iXsystems) about the future of the FreeNAS project. In addition, they discuss TrueNAS, an enterprise version of FreeNAS.

We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.

The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we’re excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/39699/flash-memory-summit-2014-ixsystems-talks-about-the-future-of-freenas/index.html

FreeNAS 9.2.1.7 is released

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The developers of FreeNAS have released version 9.2.1.7.

Well, we said 9.2.1.6 would be the last in the 9.2.1.x series, but CVE-2014-3560 (a possible remote Samba exploit) forced us to change those plans. Come and get it from here, as usual!

While we were at it, we also added a few small performance improvements and brought over a small feature from 9.3, namely the ability to do replication on a direct link without encryption, potentially speeding up replication anywhere from 3-4X (especially over 10GbE). This is generally most useful when doing initial replication to a backup box, while they are co-located together, after which normal encryption can be used in sending the deltas.

Appended are the release notes for 9.2.1.7. We encourage all existing 9.2.1.x users to upgrade. Thanks!

Download the ISO/image file here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.7/RELEASE/

Check out the official announcement with the list of changes here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-7-is-now-available.22601/

GhostBSD 4.0 RC1 now available

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have made available the first release candidate of their 4.0-RELEASE cycle.

Changes and fix between 4.0-BETA3 and 4.0-RC1 include:

  • Xconfig from 3.5 was added back to system
  • A script is added to do configuration on the first boot of the new intallation
  • fix software dependency

A special thanks to those who had reported any issues.

Where to download:

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:
http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-4.0

Element Workstation:

Check out the official announcement here: http://ghostbsd.org/4.0-rc1

GhostBSD 4.0 BETA 3 now available

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have released the final BETA of version 4.0.

The GhostBSD team is pleased to announce the availability the third BETA build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures. This is expected to be the final BETA build of the 4.0-RELEASE cycle.

This release includes some bug fixes as well as new and updated packages. This release also includes the changes from direction GhostBSD is taking, Three workstation that is build a top of MATE desktop Classic, Purity, Element. We hope that you will enjoy this change!

You can find the downloads here: http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-4.0

Check out the official announcement here: http://ghostbsd.org/4.0-beta3

FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RELEASE is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe developers of FreeNAS have just made available the official 9.2.1.6-RELEASE.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RELEASE can be found here: https://bugs.freenas.org/projects/freenas/issues?query_id=78

The major items of interest are mentioned in the ReleaseNotes here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.6/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes

These items include:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.9
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.
  • various iSCSI fixes
  • scponly shell has been fixed
  • SMB2 protocol is the default for CIFS shares
  • VirtualBox template updated to 4.3.12
  • Security fixes in file(1) and libmagic(3), and gss_pseudo_random interoperability issue. CVE-2013-7345, CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270, [EN-14:08]

The following bugs were fixed since 9.2.1.6-RC2:

  • performance improvements of ZFS ZVOLS when used over ISCSI with VMWare ESX
  • UI fixes for jails
  • other fixes

Download the ISO / image from here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.6/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes

Check out the official announcement here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-6-release-is-now-available.21958/