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FreeNAS 0.8 to Use Linux not FreeBSD

November 21st, 2009 5 comments

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

ZFS
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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Two Security Alerts for FreeNAS

August 24th, 2009 Comments off

The NVD (National Vulnerability Database) has issued two security alerts for FreeNAS.

1. Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in FreeNAS before 0.69.2 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unknown vectors.

2. Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the WebGUI in FreeNAS before 0.7RC1 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of users for unspecified requests via unknown vectors.

If your FreeNAS is in anyway connected to the Internet it is recommended that you upgrade. If your FreeNAS is on a secure LAN then these issues will probably not affect you.

Related links:

National Vulnerability Database (NVD) National Vulnerability Database (CVE-2009-2739)

National Vulnerability Database (NVD) National Vulnerability Database (CVE-2009-2738)

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Learning FreeNAS: Book Review

August 8th, 2009 Comments off

Eric Kie of the network0.org blog has written a review of my book Learning FreeNAS and I glad to say that he likes it!

Here are a few excerpts from this review: I was given the chance to review Learning FreeNAS by Gary Sims. As any good geek, I like to know the nuts and bolts of the OS I’m running. Gary Sims has delievered on this expectation. I think this book would be excellent for an intermediate user who has built their own computer before and has spare hardware laying around or some capability to run FreeNAS in a virtual machine as it is an excellent way to learn about FreeNAS.


Learning FreeNAS is also full of good pointers such as capacity planning (you can never have too much disk space!) and backup strategies (such as building 2 FreeNAS servers to mirror each other) to consider when you are building your NAS. It also goes into helping you understand drive types such as IDE, SATA, and SCSI and the various RAID Levels (0,1,5,6,10) and when it is appropriate to use each. Gary also points out the networking options that exist within FreeNAS and which ones will yield the best results.

As a conclusion Eric writes:
I would definitely recommend buying this book if you are looking to build or test FreeNAS as it is a clear and conscise guide to learning and implementing FreeNAS. Gary has done a terrific job in detailing all the features included in FreeNAS.

You can read the full review here: Learning FreeNAS: A Review

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BSD Router Project from Founder of FreeNAS

July 8th, 2009 Comments off

Olivier Cochard-Labbé, founder of FreeNAS, has released the first
alpha (0.1) image of his new project: BSD Router Project –
http://bsdrp.net

bsdrp is an open source, customised distribution of FreeBSD dedicated
to offering IP routing services for small ISP’s.

The release 0.1 of BSDRP is a fully working prototype, to be used on
real or virtual machines that boot from ATA device only (not usb).

This first release includes:


  • Base FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT system (NanoBSD) for i386
  • Customized script (config, upgrade, help, command completion, etc…)
  • Quagga ready to use (OSPFv2, OSPFv3, RIP, RIPng and BGP)

You may ask, what is the difference between BSDRP and m0n0wall of pfSense?

The main goal of BSDRP is not firewalling but routing. If you need a
firewall don’t use BSDRP: Use m0n0wall or pfSense.
BSDRP is not for a home use, but for compagny use (small ISP’s for example).
BSDRP doesn’t have a Web GUI: It’s to be configured from a CLI only
(like Cisco or Juniper)
pfSense can be used for routing, but Olivier wanted to set up a Cisco
or Juniper like project just for routing.

Source: http://www.freebsdnews.net

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Olivier’s call to vote FreeNAS for Sourceforge CCA 09

June 23rd, 2009 Comments off

SourceForge has announced the finalists for the 2009 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards. In its fourth year, the Community Choice Awards received the highest number of nominations from its community members to date, resulting in 85 finalists.

The great news is that FreeNAS has been chosen as a finalist in the ‘Best Project’ and the ‘Most Likely to Chang the Way You Do Everything’ categories.

Now, the “second round” is open: Vote for FreeNAS!

Also Olivier Cochard has released a personal message to get out the vote for FreeNAS.

Related links:

FreeNAS: Sourceforge CCA 09: Vote for FreeNAS!

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The Wait is Over, First RC for FreeNAS 0.7 is Available

June 20th, 2009 Comments off

Volker Theile and the FreeNAS team have proudly to announced the first release candidate of FreeNAS 0.7.

It can be downloaded from http://www.freenas.org/index.php?option=com_versions&Itemid=51

Version 0.7 is a major upgrade to FreeNAS with the most significant changes being the move to FreeBSD 7.2 and the inclusion of ZFS. Also the minimum specification has changed, if you want to use ZFS you will need 512MB of memory.

Majors changes:


  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2.
  • Include ZFS support.
  • Upgrade iSCSI initiator to 2.1.1.
  • Replace iSCSI target by istgt. Please note, if you have used devices with the previous iSCSI target software you have to recreate your target.
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.61. Add ‘Watch directory’ and ‘Extra options’ fields to ‘Services|BitTorrent’ WebGUI.

Known bugs:


  • Downgrading to 0.69 via WebGUI fails because of broken pipe error.
  • FreeBSD’s ext2fs module, as of release 7.1, cannot mount ext2 file systems
    with 256-byte large inodes, only 128 byte sized. Unfortunately, 256 byte is
    the default size with many recent Linux distributions.

You can see the full release notes at
https://sourceforge.net/project/shownotes.php?release_id=691284&group_id=151951

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Diskinfo of a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB on FreeNAS

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

Harryd has bought himself a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB SSD drive. He is putting it through its paces on FreeNAS and comparing it to a traditional Western Digital 2TB hard drive. So far Harryd is impressed by the performance of the SSD… Read more at the link below.

Related links:

harryd: FreeNAS 0.7 – diskinfo of a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB

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Book review: Learning FreeNAS

June 6th, 2009 Comments off

UNIX Administratosphere has a review of my book Learning FreeNAS.

Here are some quotes from the review:

“Overall, this is a good book, worth getting.”

“There is no comparable book for the only serious competitor in the open source NAS arena, OpenFiler (which is based on Linux).”

Read more here: Book review: Learning FreeNAS « UNIX Administratosphere

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FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server (Part 2)

May 28th, 2009 Comments off

Recently TechBustr posted the first of a two part review of FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server. Now the second part of the review, this time focusing on Windows Home Server is online.

After describing the installation processes and the various test conducted, TechBustr concludes that for him WHS is the better choice, but makes the following observations in favour of FreeNAS:



  • FreeNAS supports AFP and a host of other sharing protocols and WHS does not.
  • FreeNAS is a great product with a few drawbacks but the price is right (i.e. Free and Open Source).

TechBustr also goes on to mention that “The biggest plus for WHS is the drive pool and how it is managed.” Which is a feature which is available in FreeNAS 0.7 (but it is still in the testing/development phase).

Read more here: techbustr: FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server (Part 2)

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FreeNAS After Using it for a Month

May 27th, 2009 1 comment

‘Linoge’ has written on the Walls of the City about his experiences of using FreeNAS for the past month.

To put it simply, it works.

He writes, “The networked drives are always on my network and accessible from any computer on my network (not a security problem given that wireless is protected by a WEP key and physically plugging in is… well… difficult), I have never had a hiccup from the FreeNAS software, and SyncBack successfully synchronizes all of its designated directories once a week without the slightest difficulty.”

He also adds, “The simple fact is that if you have an old, unused computer and hard drives laying around the house, you have no excuse for not having a NAS system.”

Read more here: c’mon back – walls of the city

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