Screenshot of NAS4Free WebGUI
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NAS4Free is the new brand name of the original FreeNAS code which was developed between 2005 and late 2011. It was released under the name NAS4Free on 22 March 2012. On SourceForge it was elected “′Community Choice′ Project of the Month” twice, in August 2015 and March 2017, respectively.
NAS4Free is an embedded open source NAS software distribution based on the latest release of FreeBSD. It developed from original FreeNAS 7 code and updated to work with the current latest FreeBSD releases. However, "NAS4Free preserves FreeNAS’s original m0n0wall/PHP architecture and introduces experimental support for the ARM architecture."
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: SMB, Samba Active Directory Domain Controller AD, FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, rsync, Unison (file synchronizer), iSCSI (initiator and target), HAST, CARP, Bridge, UPnP, and BitTorrent. 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 up to version 10.3. As of version 11.0, NAS4Free no longer supports x86-32, but version 10.3 is still getting updates. 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, ~370MB) or USB flash drive image (.img, ~320MB) format, and in source form.
Preferred Embedded Install
A special small footprint embedded image is also available (.img, ~150MB). 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.
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 legacy FreeNAS 0.7 was no longer available for download.
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 original 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. In 2018, the project applied for the XigmaNAS trademark in order to protect the brand prior to the release of v11.2.
The awards listed below 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.
- "March 2017, "Community Choice" Project of the Month – NAS4Free". sourceforge. Slashdot Media. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
- "General Information". NAS4Free. The NAS4Free Project 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "FreeNAS vs NAS4Free - High Level Comparison". freenas.org. iXsystems, Inc. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
- As of 3/7/18 when I checked their page, no i386 downloads are being offered any longer
- "Download NAS4Free 11.0". SourceForge & NAS4Free. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- "Project of the Month, March 2017". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
- "Project of the Month, August 2015". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
- "Project of the Week May 2015". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
- "FreeNAS is a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) server". VMware, Inc. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
- "Project of the Month January 2007". SourceForge, Inc. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
- "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.
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