Techworld Australia caught up with Josh Paetzel, director of IT at iXsystems and project manager for FreeNAS 8, to talk about the current state of the OS, what lies ahead for it, and the relationship to FreeNAS 0.7.
Check out the article for the full conversation. One interesting piece of information is the fact that a multimedia plugin (PBI) is in the making that will bring back former home functionalities that are currently missing in FreeNAS 8.
LinuxUser has a short review of FreeNAS 8: FreeNAS 8 Review
Pros: FreeNAS is an advanced NAS operating system with an easy-to-use web interface, especially if you love to use ZFS as your filesystem.
Cons: Due to the complete rewrite, FreeNAS 8 has lost some interesting functionality for home users, and upgrades from a previous FreeNAS release are not possible.
LinuxUser gives FreeNAS a 4/5 verdict and concludes:
iXsystems has turned FreeNAS 8 into a modern, modular and future-proof NAS operating system. The new web interface is really easy-to-use without hiding the advanced features. Unfortunately some features didn’t make it through the re-write, but they are promised to reappear in FreeNAS 8.1. All in all, this makes FreeNAS currently the most advanced NAS operating system for home networks.
FreeNAS 8.0 Review (linuxuser.co.uk)