Quickly done NAS with Webmin (DIY NAS)

Looking for a better NAS than the one my girlfriend own (Synology). Caveat : she don’t care about it, she understand nothing on it, I hate those slow graphical « web desktop » interfaces, I need a lot of free Ram, I want to install everything I need, I bet free/libre NAS are better.

There is three active NAS projects. They can be use on personal and small networks (but not limited to). Have a look : FreeNAS (FreeBSD), NAS4Free (derived from FreeNAS 7), and OpenMediaVault (Debian, from former FreeNAS leader). OpenFiler is for bigger needs and seems unmaintained.

FreedomBox or Yunohost (and others, look at Wikipedia) target end users. They are easy to set up and maintained. While they are not NAS project, they can, in some parts, do the job at home.

SME Server (Centos, also known as e-smith) and  Superb Mini Server (Slackware) provides something like ADSL boxes on steroids, coming with webmail and email server, virus protection, printer server, etc.

But what did I choose ? I find easier to install Debian with the Webmin control panel. I don’t really need Webmin, but as I tends to do a lot of daily work from the web browser, I keep it open in a tab. It let me do what I want, help to not forget something to configure, has a lot of modules, can report (by email) about problems and new packages, can burn CD/DVD, etc. All in all, it takes only a few minutes to install a Debian server and the webmin package — Debian is not mandatory, you can use your favorite distribution.

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  1. +1
    I recently bought a low-end Synology to replace my previous setup based on a modded Seagate DockStar and regret it; the web interface is preposterously slow, the RAM very limited, the processor seems slower than the 200 MHz from the DockStar and… There is no (easy) way for me to install .deb packages on the system.
    The only advantages I see are 1. low power consumption (around 10-12 W versus 7-8 W for the Dockstar) and 2. the SATA connection for the hard drive is faster than the former USB-connected one the DockStar.
    Next time I’ll go for a low-end mini-ITX with one of the aforementioned NAS solutions, it can only get better than that!

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