FreeNAS 8.0 hits the street
Bitten by the enterprise bug: home user features missing
The FreeNAS project has released version 8.0 of its popular FreeBSD-based network storage server, and in doing so has managed to alienate some of its user base.
The projects directors have decided to focus on the enterprise user as their first priority, and have released FreeNAS 8.0 without the home user functionality present in previous versions.
Gone are iTunes support, DAAP (the Digital Audio Access Protocol), BitTorrent, and UPnP. The release announcement says these features are likely to make it back as third-party plugins.
The new version includes ZFS support (integrating ActiveDirectory and LDAP authorization) and a django-based UI. ®
Re: Sticking with FreeNAS 7 for a while, then
Stepping out from editorial neutrality for a moment. After really bad experiences with proprietary NAS at a company I worked for back in 2009 - multi-thousand-dollar bad experience - I put together a FreeNAS as its next server.
I cannot class myself as a FOSS guru, but it really did work out-of-the-box. It ran for the next two years completely lights-out.
Isn't that a matter of focussing?
I mean, in a business setting I rather have good ZFS support than iTunes support. A NAS and a media server are not the same things at all, even if they share some functionality.
It's hard to please everyone.
Personally I hate the fact that my storage units are running a boatload of other services that may interfere with the basic storage service, so in my book the new version is a good thing. Each to their own, I guess.