Your posts have generated some interesting discussions. Usually, both Ralph and I prefer to sit those out, but your last post above warrants a response.
Firstly, a single ISO for all scenarios is a very bad idea especially for people of low proficieny. If the point is to simply get all available versions, the v1 Suite filled that void for NASLite v1. When all NASLite-2 versions are out, we'll consider a v2 Suite.
The floppy versions are more than sufficient to illustrate what NASlite is all about. The points that the guys made earlier are pretty valid in this case. Ralph had a chuckle on that one. He asked "Where do I get a free eval of OSX? or XP Media Edition for that matter?". You get the point. NASLite is an OS and not an app. If you like the floppy, you'll probably like the full release.
SANLite was Ralph's idea of about an year ago. That's what led to the remote storage option in NASLite-2. SANLite (great name - don't you think
) is in the queue, will likely support both iSCSI and AoE and may be available later this year.
Actually, XP is a free trial for 30 days - until you activate it. I am not sure about MacOSX. Haven't run it for ages.
Sanlite would be great. Windows 2003 server has the initiator. If you can boot up the server, forget about all the file sharing stuff, just have the iSCSI support, it can be very useful.
The reason to have 1 installer for everything is so people don't buy one version then figure out they need another. Please check how freenas does it. it doesn't complicate anything even for the dummies.
by the way, will there be a version to install it to the HD? I want to use it on small form PC for my home server which only has one HD and no floppy (and doesn't boot from USB). SFF PC can be ideal NAS because it is QUIET, take little space, and use little power. My E-PC is just a little bit bigger than my external CD writer.
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The link you gave shows exactly two sections under "FreeNAS in details (TO BE FINISH)" - Initial startup script and Web Interface.
Like I said, I may not wrong. That gave me the impression that's all they wrote. Everything else is from different open source packages.
And by the way, please calm down. I don't even see Tony or Ralph get so excited when someone evaluate their products and point out problems (whether they agree or not).
mike, the level of RAID preference is mostly personal opinions. I don't like RAID-5 or RAID-6's rebuilding time. I have never used RAID-5 for critical data. RAID-1 ends up with a lot more drives and I am completely aware of that, and that's a cost I am willing to take.