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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)
What does this mean to me? I definetly want to have an OS which supports native ZFS (zfs on fuse is not an option). I don't need an extra small footprint or all of these 'special' features that some users of FreeNAS frequently requested (boinc, printserver...). I really appreciated the wonderful WebGUI of FreeNAS but if it is necessary, I'm not bound to it. As I have quite a lot experience with solaris, I will switch to Opensolaris. It has all I need except the AFP support. So I need to get more experience with Netatalk.
I am also really looking forward for the new features of ZFS like deduplication and crypto. If you are intersted about my experiences, you will find some here...
Nevertheless I would like to say many, many thanks for this wonderful piece of software!