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Maximum PC Says FreeNAS is a “Wonderful Open-Source Alternative” But…

March 20th, 2009

In a recent article Maximum PC comments that FreeNAS is a wonderful open-source alternative to pre-installed software setups on network-attached storage devices.

But the main thrust of the article (by open-source software developer Patrick McKenzie) is how to separate open-source winners and losers. The competition between open-source projects and retail applications is a never-ending struggle. Open-source is an alternative, but when is it the better alternative?

Unfortunately the article points out some weaknesses of FreeNAS. He writes, “But if you check out the project’s Web site, you will have no indication as to why you would ever want to install the app. What’s the benefit? There’s a ton of information about the program’s features, requirements, and updates… but comparisons of FreeNAS versus common open-source and retail equivalents are sorely lacking. What problem does FreeNAS solve? What makes it better than the standard? Why should I turn to open-source?”

Such things are addressed in my book Learning FreeNAS but maybe I need to write a post addressing his points… Anyone else up to the challenge?

Read more here: Four Ways to Separate Open-Source Winners and Losers | Maximum PC

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  1. April 13th, 2009 at 02:18 | #1

    Well I would like to say that I am looking forward to using FreeNAS more at work but I feel FreeNAS needs a little more polish… What I mean is compared to Openfiler, FreeNAS doesn’t seem ready for enterprise use. Considering the state of the economy more companies (mine included), are looking for alternatives but only those that will meet the needs of a “enterprise”. Thus far Openfiler seems to be the choice for most folks but I like FreeNAS more cause its a tad more flexible. Anyways considering FreeNAS as well as Openfiler are opensource and great solutions is a achievement in itself. I’ve seen commercial products that aren’t even half as good as FreeNAS.

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