Why I get up everyday: Creating a the next generation of Linux NAS Distros
Houston we have a problem
Recently I’ve been inspired to writing something up today to address something that I think the Linux distro ecosystem needs to have: A better NAS distribution. Yes we have OpenMediaVault and openFiler, but that’s just about it. Recently I found Rockstor, but it’s still in early development. But one thing that these distributions have in common, is that I don’t think I could sit my sister or my mom down at the web GUI and say “Build me a RAID1 array with a hot spare. Also make a SMB share” (Granted they would really not even know what I just said in the first place but you get the point.) the GUI’s for these distributions are good, but there only for the technically inclined. I (and some help from the community) hope to change that….
I wanted to create a NAS / Server distro ever since college (Which is how I got started in Linux and open source in general), my goal is to create a distribution that micro businesses, startups, and even home users could use to set up there own private server / infrastructure for there own use without being technically inclined but also cater to technical people as well. I drew inspiration from Zentyal, Microsoft Small Business Server, and QNAP / Synology which all targeted small to medium businesses, you could say that I’m just reinventing the wheel again but even Linux was like this ( A better alternative to Minix at the time.).
In this for the long run
It’s a big endeavor but it’s going to take some time before this project (if it ever does) gets to the status of projects like Rockstor or FreeNAS. But I hope both the drive that I have, plus the vision of the project has inspired someone to either start something or maybe help out with my project. Weather or not I get support, I’m writing this to maybe drive thoughts, discussion, or just to write what drives me to get up every day.
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