“Quality first”. That’s what the guys at iXsystems must thought when releasing FreeNAS. Beta number 3 was going to be the last test for both FreeNAS 8 and FreeNAS 8.0.1, but for both versions a BETA4 came out.
This is the last BETA planned for the 8.0.1 release cycle. This line was present in the BETA3 release notes as well. BETA3 contained several fairly significant bugs, and a patch release was planned to address them, unfortunately due to a myriad of issues that patch release was delayed enough that doing another beta made more sense than any sort of patch.
Changes since 8.0.1-BETA3 are:
- ACLs and UNIX file system permissions work properly on both UFS and ZFS volumes. Because the ACLs needed by windows and UNIX are mutually exclusive the GUI now prompts for which system you will be using and sets permissions appropriately.
- Changes to link aggregations which resulted in a regression in functionality have been reverted.
- BETA3 completed the change from hard wiring device names in the database to using identifiers. iSCSI device extents were not changed properly. This BETA addresses that issue.
- A method was accidentally deleted from the middleware that prevented smartd from running. This has been resolved.
- ZFS snapshots are now exported to CIFS shares and are visible in windows as shadow copies. How you access these varies between windows version.
- Many improvements have been made to replication that increase it’s speed and robustness.
- The CD upgrade now preserves all of /data instead of select files.
- Fix a bug in the graph generation script which would allow the graphs of deleted volumes to persist.
- Fix a bug in UFS volume creation, where newly created UFS volumes would only show after a reboot.
- Add tmux to the system. Just like GNU screen in functionality only BSD licensed and actively maintained.
- Add dmidecode to the system. This can provide very useful hardware diagnostic information.
- Updated the version of Intel NIC drivers to handle Intel’s latest round of hardware.
- Add support for Marvell MX2 SATA controllers, sold with some WD 3TB drives.
- Make netatalk (AFP) compatible with OS X 10.7
FreeNAS 8.0.1 BETA4 can be downloaded from the FreeNAS SourceForge page.
Those who have decided not to upgrade to FreeNAS 8 (yet), will be pleased to know that FreeNAS 0.7 developers have not totally abandoned the 0.7 branch after FreeNAS development was taken over by iXsystems.
They have announced the availability of FreeNAS 0.7.2 Sabanda, the final release of FreeNAS 0.7.2 which has a number of new functionalities and improvements in stability and translations.
FreeNAS 0.7.2 can be downloaded from the FreeNAS 0.7 SourceForge page.