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#106 srbeen



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:02

nas4free is the 'updated' version of FreeNAS based off FreeBSD 7 (now 9). Had something like 182 days of uptime last I checked.
FreeNAS seems to have went in a terrible direction and FreeNAS 7 cant be upgraded to work with 8/9 easily, and its much more buggy from reading the forums.

If you want a super low-power 1-5 user capped at 100Mbit and USB drives for serving SD/torrenting/running some scripts I suggest a raspberry pi with raspbian. don't get much cheaper than that, also don't get much slower! the network throughput is terrible. likely better to buy a Wifi-N USB adapter and a usb hub.

#107 tim_s



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 19:11

considering the past, perhaps for you I would consider Centos.


I use,



Red Hat


Gentoo (rare)


In server environments.

#108 TheGhostWalker



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 19:18

Either of the following would be good to use imo.
1) FreeBSD
2) Debian
3) SuSE

I never really messed around with BSD but from user-feedback and articles that I've been reading, it's obvious that BSD is the most secure thing to run on a server.

Debian is great cause of Apt. It has packages in the stable and testing mirrors that are 99.9% sure to work and you'll have strictly what you need. You install the base system and install anything afterwards with apt-get.

SuSE, well, it has a pretty installation that people enjoy looking at and it works. It's easy to setup and YaST isn't bad at all. Just make sure that the rpm's that you will be using will install on SuSE (sometimes they can be distro-specific if not mistaken).

But as far as linux distributions go, you could pretty much use almost anything as long as the package managment tool that it provides is reliable (don't need one but it sure makes life easy for admins). Apt and Portage are the two systems that I'd say are reliable as far as linux goes.

aren't the commands etc different in FreeBSD?

or the packaging commands...

#109 ToneKnee


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 19:25

aren't the commands etc different in FreeBSD?

or the packaging commands...



You do realise that post was made nearly 8 years ago?

#110 Marshall


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 19:31

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