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FreeNAS 0.8 to Use Linux not FreeBSD

November 21st, 2009

Harryd has blogged about the future of FreeNAS and it looks like the future is Linux not FreeBSD.

Harrdy has gleaned this information from this forum thread

In short… FreeNAS 0.8 will be based on Debian GNU/Linux! Volker (the core developer) started an intermediate project called CoreNAS. FreeNAS 0.8 will be based on that.

Here is a short list of pros by Volker:

  • Text and graphical installer that can be customized. This means no hand written install scripts anymore which causes some problems in FreeNAS
  • WOL works in Linux
  • lmsensor – A WORKING sensor framework which is a really needed feature in FreeNAS to check the CPU/MB temps and fan speeds
  • Better Samba performance
  • Ability to implement HA features
  • System can be updated via ‘apt-get’ or any other deb package manager
  • Better driver support
  • Maybe ‘ZFS’ over FUSE (there is already one commercial product available that uses this feature)
  • NFS4

The really big problem is ZFS… If it is Linux under the hood or FreeBSD it really doesn’t make that much different to the end user, but and it is a big but, Linux doesn’t have (and can’t have due to licensing issues) ZFS and really running ZFS under FUSE is not a real option.

Is it time for someone else to take up the development of FreeNAS where 0.7 and Volker left off?

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  1. November 23rd, 2009 at 00:26 | #1


    well, if it is really just because of the Linux userland and you don’t need the advantages the Linux-kernel gives you, you really should take a look at nexenta (nexenta.org). It is a Ubuntu with Solaris kernel and ZFS is supported!

    Cheers Jochen

  2. December 2nd, 2009 at 01:53 | #2

    FreeNAS 0.8 will use LVM???

    thanks FYI 🙂

  3. December 17th, 2009 at 19:41 | #3

    awesome it is a super info
    txs alot my bro

  4. January 6th, 2010 at 01:41 | #4

    Nice post, I agree, no ZFS = not really an option for a good working NAS.
    I’ve got FreeNAS running, version .7 and if it wasn’t for ZFS I probably would run a stock opensolaris install.
    FreeNAS is an excellent product and the Web Gui is first class and easy to use, but without ZFS? No thanks.

  5. April 23rd, 2011 at 04:25 | #5

    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. Today we’ll be looking at 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.

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