Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

freenas primaryThis article by PCWorld walks you through a quick FreeNAS setup. For those who have some spare hardware lying around and need a file server, this might be for you.

PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2243748/turn-old-pc-hardware-into-a-killer-home-server-with-freenas.html

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

Plugins_100x95This article by Wazi explains the use of plugins in FreeNAS. The author walks us through various plugins and explains the process behind how they work.

FreeNAS is a powerful open source implementation of a network-attached storage (NAS) server – file-level computer data storage connected to your network. FreeNAS is easy to manage, and because it’s free it can serve files for small- to mid-sized companies without straining their software budgets or act as a media and storage server for a home network – a great way to make use of any aging Windows XP boxes lying around.

FreeNAS supports a powerful plugin architecture that lets you expand its default feature set to better meet your demands. You’ll find plugins for Firefly media server, CouchPotato movie server, and more. The plugins are in 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (push button installer) files on the FreeNAS project’s website. PBI provides a native FreeNAS graphical installation wrapper for software ported to FreeBSD, allowing you to automate installation.

Check out the full article here: http://www.openlogic.com/wazi/bid/345617/Expand-FreeNAS-with-plugins

BSDCan 2014 videos available

The folks at BSDNow have shared a list of talks given at BSDCan 2014. All videos have been made available on YouTube below:

Check out the official post from BSDNow here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_05_28-the_friendly_sandbox

EuroBSDCon call for papers

bsd2008logoEuroBSDCon, hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 25-28, is still accepting applications for talk/presentation and tutorial proposals. The deadline is now June 2, 2014.

EuroBSDcon is the European technical conference for users and developers of BSD-based systems. The conference will take place September 25 to 28 at InterExpo Congress Center in Sofia (see http://iec.bg/en/). Tutorials will be held on Thursday and Friday, while the shorter talks and papers program is on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on how to apply, check out the official page here: http://2014.eurobsdcon.org/calendar/call-for-papers/

FreeBSD devsummit: Ports & Packages

Michael W Lucas has summarized a recent FreeBSD devsummit regarding ports and packages. In this devsummit, it started with an overview of Debian packages and dependencies. Using qemu BSD user mode for cross-building packages was also in talks. Cross-building has seen improvements, and nightly ARM crossbuild packages are being tested, which may be ready by EuroBSDCon. Other things discussed were PortCI, Jenkins bhyve, as well as a possibility of using certificate transparency via X.509v3 extension.

Check out the full notes here: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2065

GhostBSD 4.0-ALPHA3 is released

ghostbsd_1The third ALPHA build of GhostBSD 4.0-RELEASE has recently been made available on SourceForge. The following lists the most recent fixes in this ALPHA build:

  • Network after install works on Virtualbox
  • Added Wifimgr back for better wifi support until Networkmgr is working flawlessly
  • Removed gimp since gimp is easily install with “sudo pkg install gimp”
  • Removed all software that depends on Nautilus (ie. Rhythmbox and gksu)
  • Exaile is replacing Rhythmbox
  • GhostBSD user is now removed after installation
  • New experimental look

Check out the official post here: http://www.ghostbsd.org/4.0-alpha3