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FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment Re:Dial-up is all there is some places... (Score 1) 250

just a small correction for you. a true pots switch port cannot carry DSL. its the port that does the low-pass filtering. just before the switch, the copper pair is split (just like it is at the CPE). One pair off the split goes to the DSLAM, the other goes to the phone switch. Just like the cable company, which squeezes many communication channels over a single copper pair, so does the phone company. they're just in different parts of the frequency spectrum. The characteristics of the transmission line dictate that the higher frequencies used by DSL are more strongly attenuated at longer distances than the lower frequencies used by voice, thus the distance limitations.

Comment Re:Article summary (Score 1) 1174

Per the NEC you're not allowed to draw more than 12 amps continuously through it (the 80% rule, or the 125% rule depending on your point of view, where continuous is defined as anything over 3 hours). Hair dryers can and do draw 15 A regularly and assuming a 125V nominal voltage that works out to 1875W.

Comment Re:I thought this was resolved LONG ago (Score 1) 395

if you had a patent on a cure for something it would be in your best interests to produce it and make money while the patent is still active. if you had a cure and held it as a trade secret, your best interests (financially at least) are to sit on it. this can, and commonly does, happen in labs all the time. according to my sister, who's in that line of research, there's a cure for the herpes simplex virus out there sitting on a shelf that will never see the light of day because treating the symptoms of herpes is far more lucrative than curing it.

Comment Re:marketing speak = teh suck (Score 1) 315

Which means on a "pure" IPv6 network with no firewall controls in place at the router an attacker can easily nmap every single box on your private network, then start running targeted attacks against every single thing


ipv6 routers will be no different than their ipv4 counterparts now, except that the concept of nat will be eliminated. you will still have to allow specific services through to specific machines from the wan side. you'll just be able to allow more machines to have more services with ipv6, since multiple machines will be able to be presented to the outside world on port 80, port 443, or port 25.

Comment Re:What do you bet... (Score 4, Informative) 509

for those who will demand the citation

10 usc 311

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are--

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

it should be noted that well-regulated != organized

Comment uniqueness of the patent (Score 1) 236

having read the patent, it has one novel aspect differentiating it from a general message system: it relies on two or more gateways to relay messages to different user devices, allowing users to prioritize the order in which their devices receive notification. this as opposed to, say, only an sms gateway, or only an email gateway.

that said, i don't pay enough attention to twitter to know whether or not its actually infringing.

Comment Re:Don't even see the point of arguing (Score 1) 782

The problem no one else will not be able to publish it at the Apple store because more than likely, Apple will reject it because of a similar app already exists.

the only things i've seen apple rejecting are apps that are too similar to what apple provides with the os, not things that are too similar to other apps in the store. there's plenty of anecdotal evidence with apps that supports this as well.

Comment Re:The money is not the issue (Score 1) 782

This has a lot in common with TiVo's use of Linux, where they use it and distribute their sources, and still make it difficult to replace the version that's installed on the hardware you own

it is also very different from tivo's use of linux in that anyone can get a mac, download the iphone sdk, pay apple the requisite $99, acquire a provisioning certificate, and install their own apps on their phone. that's not possible on the tivo because there is no way to get a signed hacked image that will run on a tivo.

Comment Re:The money is not the issue (Score 1) 782

Apple puts restrictions on what you can do with the application once you've downloaded it

true. however, there are no restrictions saying that the developer can't release the source code him/herself (at least not since the nda's got removed, i know, i've read the developer agreements). you are perfectly free to download the source code, pay apple the $99, and tweak away.

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