Version 8 of open source FreeNAS operating system designed for network storage has been released. FreeNAS is based on the FreeBSD operating system.
According to its developers, version 8 of the operating system was downloaded approximately 43,000 times within 48 hours of its release on May 2.
FreeNAS 8 uses a reworked architecture and is based on nanoBSD, which is designed for creating FreeBSD-based systems for embedded applications. A new Web interface in FreeNAS 8 uses the Python-based Django framework.
The operating system uses Sun's ZFS file system (UFS2 is also supported) and offers support for Active Directory and LDAP, iSCSI targeting and 10GbE networking.
An 8.1 roadmap indicates that features slated for the next version include SMART hard drive monitoring, UPS management and a system for installing third-party plug-ins.