[PLUG] Network Attached Storage - Linux experience
knura9 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 04:10:20 PDT 2012
On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM, Vikas Damodar Garud <vikas at techqual.com> wrote:
> I am looking for NAS for my home use. I want to store data so that it may be
> accessed through multiple devices - laptops and smart phones through WiFi
> network connection. At present, I a using SuSE and Ubuntu Linux on my
> laptops. I have a broadband connection, accessed through WiFi router (Belkin
> N150). The router has 4 Ethernet ports, currently unused. I am planning to
> connect the NAS drive to one of the Ethernet ports on the router.
For a home grown solution search "Linux NAS" and one of the ref. links is
that lists quite a few open source NAS solutions.
IMO, you should have done this in the first place.
> I looked through Seagate and Western Digital websites. Both of them have NAS
> products/personal cloud products. Both of them specify Windows and MAC OS as
> the supported operating systems. Linux is not specified. Does it mean that
> NAS drives from these manufacturers won't be useful for me at my home?
AFAIK, in Linux you can mount CIFS (Windows Shares) as well NFS (Mac
OS X -- Apple's version of FreeBSD).
It is the vendor's short shortsightedness when they don't mention
Linux in the box. I have paid extra money for hardware that
explicitly mentioned Linux. The Linux mascot has given me the comfort
I will not be hassled looking for drivers.
> does it mean that I need to make some changes to some settings (if available)
> to access the drive through laptops and smart phone? Or does it mean that
> Windows or MAC OS is necessary for initial set-up (That is manageable). Or
I have stayed away from such products so no first hand experience.
The usual suspect would be the initial configuration which may require
IE with Active X!
> Any experience? Any suggestion for useful drive for home use? Any place
> (retailer, dealer) where I can buy the same?
See above. I am using FreeNAS and I like it a lot. You can
experiment with FreeNAS in a virtual machine - install it on one 1GB
disk image with a 25GB disk image for storage. When you are familiar
with the Web UI, deploy it on a bare metal hardware. Any old PC with
about 2GB RAM should be enough for your home use.
-- Arun Khan
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