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FreeNAS on Linux?

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johannes

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Hope I'm not stepping on any toes or kicking any dead horses here.

Just curious if any thought has gone into FreeNAS on Linux?

I seems fairly clear that linux and particularly the mainstream distributions have a significantly larger user bases as compared to BSD. ZFS on Linux seems to be rapidly developing. Linux tends to have more/better driver support.

Philosophically, now that ZFS has spread to linux and is even being mainlined by canonical, is there any reason to stay with BSD exclusively?
 

Mirfster

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Because FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, I'm not seeing it going the way of Linux. Also there is a lot of confusion/concern regarding actual licensing. While I do believe the Ubuntu has recently included OpenZFS support; it may come back to haunt them in some legal areas.

Personally I do prefer FreeBSD especially in the fact of the licensing model ("Berkeley Software Distribution"; hence the "BSD"). Linus Torvalds himself even has issues with them trying to move to GPLv3 and things are becoming overly complicated.
 

wblock

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ZFS has been in FreeBSD since 2007. There aren't any Linux ZFS implementations that have had that degree of testing and evolution.

As far as drivers, I could agree with the "more" part. Are there any specific drivers missing that would make a big difference to FreeNAS?
 
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