[gobolinux-users] GoboLinux NAS

Adam Windes adam_windes at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 30 15:44:30 NZDT 2010

I think I'll experiment Michael. Thanks for the input! And I welcome anyone else who has any input. I'll see what I can come up with.
> From: michael at gobolinux.org
> To: gobolinux-users at lists.gobolinux.org
> Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 15:13:30 +1300
> Subject: Re: [gobolinux-users] GoboLinux NAS
> 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 
> wanted.
> 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.
> -Michael
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