[gobolinux-users] GoboLinux NAS

Michael Homer michael at gobolinux.org
Sat Jan 30 15:13:30 NZDT 2010

On Saturday 30 January 2010 14:54:53 Adam Windes wrote:
> Just curious if anyone has set up GoboLinux successfully as a NAS? Thinking
>  about going with something like FreeNAS, but I like Gobo's filesystem. I
>  think I've heard of people using it as a server, but not sure if I've
>  heard much with RAID and such. Any comments or suggestions?
I haven't heard of anybody using it for that, but I would be very interested 
to hear where you get to. It's vaguely on my to-do list to set up a proper 
network storage server (but it's been on the list for a long time and shows no 
signs of moving off it any time soon, so...).

Other than software RAID and ZFS everything on the FreeNAS features list looks 
like it's available now, with more or less configuration involved. There look 
to be recipes for everything. I don't know what it would take to get RAID 
going, but I think support is in the kernel now, so it can't be too 
complicated. In any case, I think it should be possible to get all the same 
functionality out of a Gobo box if you're willing to forgo the magic 
integration they've worked on putting together, and the fun parts of ZFS. 
Perhaps btrfs or nilfs would satisfy the requirements there though if you were 
experimentally-minded. You'd also be able to use it as a broader server if you 

If all you want is a NAS setup with no fussing about configuration, and with 
snapshotting and COW, FreeNAS looks like a reasonable option. Horses for 
courses and so forth, and for just that functionality it doesn't really matter 
what's under the hood. You probably wouldn't ever touch the filesystem on your 
NAS box again, and they've already done the work to get everything running 
smoothly together. If you want something a little broader you could go with 
Gobo, and I'd be really interested in seeing a writeup of what you do. Or if 
you just wanted to try something interesting.
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