[ILUG] free software NASes?
paul at clubi.ie
paul at clubi.ie
Thu Dec 11 16:43:55 GMT 2008
On Thu, 4 Dec 2008, Colm Buckley wrote:
> Although they're in a higher market segment to what you describe, I
> have both a Thecus 5200PRO and a LaCie 5Big RAID at home; of the
> two, the LaCie seems to have a higher build quality and a much more
> polished user interface, but the Thecus is much more modifiable;
> they have a thriving community of user-supplied "modules" which can
> add useful functionality (such as command-line access). They both
> run Linux.
It came down to the QNap TS-209 or Thecus N2100. Both vendors are
reasonably friendly to community firmware mods (though, QNap seem to
actually be trying to integrate with comunity efforts). I went for
the Thecus N2100 in the end, because Scan had it for a better price
(£150), and the hardware seems well specified (600MHz IOP, 128MB DDR
RAM - expandalbe to 512MB, free mini-PCI slot, 3 USB, 2x SATA).
The Thecus firmware seems OK, if you're a windows user. Though, it
has a tendency to not report errors very well. E.g. if installing
modules seems to do nothing, go check that your RAID array has
finished building - a prerequisite. If your RAID array build has
finished and says "Healthy", go check whether the size of the array
is "N/A" - apparently the rebuild can appear to finish successfully
when it hasn't finished unsuccessfully. ;) So there's some quirks in
the less frequently used parts of the UI.
Unfortunately the SSH and NFS modules available for the vendor
firmware are a bit sucky:
- The 3rd party SSH module does some weird thing where it remaps the
UIDs in SCP access, so the files look like they're owned by you via
SCP, but are actually owned by root when you SSH in.
This seems to be something to do with a chroot-jail patch that was
- The 3rd party NFS module also manages to fail at remapping UIDs
correctly (and doesn't support NFSv4).
Unfortunately, though the web-UI writes out a /etc/exports file,
it doesn't read it. Nor is it what is used to configure NFS on
boot. So customising it via the CLI is relatively useless.
Further, even if I'd gotten it to work, I suspect it would have
been hard to make work nicely together with the mad SCP access.
OpenWRT unfortunately don't supply Intel IOP images at the moment, so
I ended up installing Debian Lenny on the Thecus. A lot more
tinkering to get it set up, but far more flexible to my needs.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie paul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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