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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:"In Theory" (Score 1) 835

That's an ignorant comment; I was merely demonstrating in a light tone that the school has some connections...

Its not as if we have RMS on speed-dial.

... and a legacy that would suggest more prevalent usage of linux outside of the MC

The fact that the university is known for Computer Science should have no bearing on the Operating Systems used on the terminals of other faculties. As for the Math & CS faculty, they do have Linux terminals

P.s. Stickers aren't neat swag and no one knew beforehand there would be any kind of merchandising or swag at the talk, except perhaps the organizers in the CSC. Thanks for playing. P.s.s. lulz for suggesting stickers can woo people into changing computing paradigms

It seems that this time, yours is the ignorant comment. I never suggested that stickers were neat swag, I suggested that you were upset that there wasn't any neat swag -- that stickers were all that there was. Moreover, I fail to see what relevence the CSC's RMS talk has. if Theo de Raadt gave a talk, would you expect the IT department to run around installing a bunch of OpenBSD terminals? All of which is beside the main point, which was that there are Linux labs in the MC, contrary to your claim. From what I've seen, the linux labs aren't usually filled to capacity, so I see no reason why there would need to be more of them, either.

Comment Re:"In Theory" (Score 1) 835

I go to the University of Waterloo, so you would figure that we are big on it. After all, not only does our Computer Science Club (CSC) host the largest linux download mirror in the country, we are known for computing ("MIT of the North" is one of our less savoury nicknames). Despite this, while we have some computer labs running unix based systems (some distro I don't remember with just a basic WM over it), the big thing is our Mac labs. We have rooms upon rooms of shiny Apple computers. Pretty much the entire CompSci department has converted to Mac as well (some profs have two of those 30" apple monitors in their offices. Two!).

Waterloo also has Linux labs in MC -- thin clients running X sessions with what appears to be a customized version of Kubuntu. I believe that there is also a bare-bones Solaris X session option, too, which sounds like what you are descriping.

I mean, linux exists here, but c'mon. We (comp sci & math students) picked Richard Stallman up from the airport, brought him to our school and he gave us stickers. Like wtf.

IIRC, We (the CSC) asked him to come give a talk. RMS and the FSF are not a corporation trying to woo you with lots of swag, nor, I suspect, do they have the budget to pretend to be. If you went to see RMS talk just to get neat swag, you were there for the wrong reason.

Comment Re:Who had to creative/hates "defragmentation"? (Score 5, Informative) 156

So, I delete a file off of a drive such that the Filesystem no longer holds any references to the given data, and the firmware moves in and performs operations to improve the performance of the device. Its not really rearranging files in to contiguous sections like defragmentation does, its restoring unused sections to an empty state, probably using an algorithm similar to many garbage collectors -- sounds like garbage collection to me.

Comment Re:pan-MS patch (Score 3, Informative) 237

You're probably a troll, but in case you're simply misguided or poorly informed:

[R]ealize that this is across ALL the stuff - your precious Ubuntu or BSD would never have this many, simply because a distro is not also a browser, office suite, etc.

The point of a distro is that it comes bundled with lots of software. It usually does include a browser, an office suite, an image editor, and more.

It certainly isn't controlled and managed by the same group.

The purpose of a distribution is to have everything managed by a single group. Sure, most -- if not all -- software comes from upstream, but the same single group does manage all of the packaging and updates for the users of said distribution.

btw posting this from an Ubuntu machine, which just pulled down 10 updates.

If you really are posting from an Ubuntu machine, then you should know that the updater will update everything installed by default, and everything installed after-the-fact through the package manager. All other things being equal, distributions like Ubuntu should be expected to have more updates than Windows/Office/IE alone.

Comment Re:Thoughts.... (Score 1) 197

As a followup, here is the mime-type definition for mp3 found (on Ubuntu) in /usr/share/mime/packages/freedesktop.org.xml, with some language aliases omitted.

<mime-type type="audio/mpeg">
<comment>MP3 audio</comment>
<alias type="audio/x-mp3"/>
<alias type="audio/x-mpeg"/>
<alias type="audio/mp3"/>
<magic priority="50">
<match value="0xfffb" type="big32" offset="0"/>
<match value="ID3" type="string" offset="0"/>
<glob pattern="*.mp3"/>
<glob pattern="*.mpga"/>

So in addition to using file extensions, it also seems to be looking for a header value and a string containingn "ID3" at specific locations. Now if you wanted to write your own mp3 decoder (or modify a FOSS one) that would work properly with these values absent...they'll just find it some other way. Probably better to get something liek TrueCrypt, provided you can not be compelled to reveal the passwords.

Comment Re:Why are you encouraging Spiegel ? (Score 1) 188

My favorite tidbit is this:

"There were times when they were the only ones who could solve a problem that could have cost the company millions of dollars. Of course, most of those times were the result of code they designed or influenced in the first place"

Am I reading this wrong, or is he basically accusing genius programming of planting bugs in their code, to be fixed later with great fanfare ?

Not that I disagree with your opinion of this 'author', but I do recall the article from which this quote was taken, and my impression was somewhat different. What I think he is suggesting here is that the genius coder has chosen to write something in an obtuse-yet-better way; this seemingly magical code has since broken due to its over-dependance on a given set of conditions which have since changed, or it has since been maintained by mere mortals who did not grasp the complexity (or simplicity) of the solution -- not that anyone was planting bugs deliberately.

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