NAS4Free

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NAS4Free
Screenshot of NAS4Free WebGUI.png
Screenshot of NAS4Free WebGUI
Developer(s)
  • The NAS4Free Project:
  • Daisuke Aoyama
  • Michael Zoon
  • History of FreeNAS .7:
  • Olivier Cochard-Labbe
Stable release 9.2.0.1.972 / 28 April 2014; 2 months ago (2014-04-28)
Operating system FreeBSD
Platform i386/IA-32 and x86-64
Available in
Type Computer storage
License BSD license
Website www.nas4free.org

NAS4Free is a network-attached storage (NAS) server software with a dedicated management web interface (written in PHP). It is free software under the terms of the Simplified BSD license.[1]

NAS4Free is a 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.[2][3]

Technology[edit]

NAS4Free is an embedded open source NAS software distribution based on FreeBSD,[4] which developed from FreeBSD 7 to the current FreeBSD 9.x releases.[2]

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.

Key Features[edit]

Installation[edit]

The NAS4Free status page of the WebGUI

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.[5][6] 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 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[edit]

A special small footprint embedded image is also available (.img, ~80MB).[6] 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. 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.

History[edit]

The original FreeNAS project derives from m0n0wall.[7]

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. Legacy FreeNAS 0.7 became no longer available for download due to unpatched security vulnerabilities.[8]

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.[9]

Awards[edit]

The awards listed are legacy FreeNAS ones.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LICENSE". NAS4Free Documentation. The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project". The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "NAS4Free as your cross-platform network filehub". podcasts. knightwise 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "General Information". NAS4Free. The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ http://wiki.nas4free.org/doku.php?id=NAS4Free#technology
  6. ^ a b "Download NAS4Free 9.1". SourceForge & NAS4Free. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  7. ^ http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/the-ars-nas-distribution-shootout-freenas-vs-nas4free/
  8. ^ "Are you using FreeNAS 0.7?". Main Page. iXSystems Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ History of NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project
  10. ^ "FreeNAS is a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) server". VMware, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Project of the Month January 2007". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  12. ^ "Best of open source in storage - 2007". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

Further reading[edit]

Further readings prior to 2012 are referring to the legacy FreeNAS .07 precursor branch.

External links[edit]

Community[edit]