Screenshot of NAS4Free WebGUI
|Stable release||126.96.36.199.943 / 20 January 2014|
|Platform||i386/IA-32 and x86-64|
Not a software fork, NAS4Free is a direct continuation of the original FreeNAS code which was developed between 2005 and late 2011. It was first released under the new NAS4Free name on 22nd March 2012.
NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS v5000, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T. and email reports etc., with the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, rsync, Unison (file synchronizer), iSCSI (initiator and target), HAST, CARP, Bridge, UPnP, and Bittorent. All of this is configurable by its WEB interface.
- All NAS4Free versions
- Hard drive and volume management
- Network Protocols
- Extra services
NAS4Free is installable on almost any boot media including LiveCD optionally with a small USB flash drive for config storage if necessary, both for x86-64 and x86-32 computer platforms. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash, USB flash drive, SSD, Hard drive or other bootable devices, and supports advanced formatted drives using 4kb sectors. It can be booted of from LiveCD or LiveUSB. The software distribution is currently distributed as in ISO image (.iso, ~200MB) or USB flash drive image (.img, ~240MB) format, and in source form.
Preferred Embedded Install
A special small footprint embedded image is also available (.img, ~80MB). The preferred method is the embedded installation onto a USB stick, Compact Flash card (CF), or hard disc HDD/SSD, for which NAS4Free was designed for. The NAS4Free OS will load into system memory, eliminating system writes to a drive. Flash devices are more energy efficient, and the updating process can be done by WebGUI in the browser, downloading and installing a new firmware image.
NAS4Free is the continuation of the FreeNAS 0.7.x project after iXsystems legally acquired the FreeNAS name.
The FreeNAS 0.7 branch was end-of-life'd in late 2011, after the FreeNAS name was legally acquired by iXsystems, Inc. Starting with version 8.x, new iXsystems developers rewrote FreeNAS and forked from the original code base. Legacy FreeNAS 0.7 became no longer available for download due to unpatched security vulnerabilities.
The legacy FreeNAS 0.7 code was unable to be developed any longer under the same name, and a name change was necessary. The founder of FreeNAS (Olivier Cochard-Labbé) donated the original FreeNAS source code to the NAS4Free project. With the support of the former developers, namely Daisuke Aoyama and Michael Zoon, it carries on the legacy FreeNAS code base. FreeNAS 8.x.y and up is a software fork of the original FreeNAS with a new rewritten code-base, continuing the old branded name.
The awards listed are legacy FreeNAS ones.
- VMware — "Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge, Consumer" (2008)
- SourceForge.net — Project of the Month, January 2007
- InfoWorld — Best of open source in storage (2008)
- "LICENSE". NAS4Free Documentation. The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project". The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "NAS4Free as your cross-platform network filehub". podcasts. knightwise 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "General Information". NAS4Free. The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Download NAS4Free 9.1". SourceForge & NAS4Free. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Are you using FreeNAS 0.7?". Main Page. iXSystems Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- History of NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project
- "FreeNAS is a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) server". VMware, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- "Project of the Month January 2007". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- "Best of open source in storage - 2007". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
Further readings prior to 2012 are referring to the legacy FreeNAS .07 precursor branch.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to NAS4Free.|
- Forums: http://forums.nas4free.org/
- IRC Channel: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#nas4free (or #nas4free on irc.freenode.net)