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FreeNAS 8.3.1-RC1 is Available

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The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-RC1.

Images and plugins can be downloaded from the following site:

This is the first and only release candidate planned for the final version of FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE.

FreeNAS 8.3.1 is based on FreeBSD 8.3 with version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, and features volume based encryption for ZFS volumes.

There have been no major changes between 8.3.1-BETA3 and RC1, mostly bugfixes and minor usability improvements to the GUI. See the release notes for a complete list.

Joshua Parker Ruehlig’s FreeNAS plugins

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The FreeNAS team would like to highlight the efforts of Joshua Parker Ruehlig from the FreeNAS Forums who, in the true spirit of open source, recently published several new plugins for FreeNAS.

Joshua had already been using sickbeard and Sabnzbd on a windows-based NAS. When he found out about the plugin system in FreeNAS, Joshua started to experiment.

Since then, here’s a list of all the plugins he has developed:

  • headphones – music downloading for sabnzdb
  • gamez – video game downloading for sabnzbd
  • lazylibrarian – automated ebook downloading
  • sabnzbd – usenet automation
  • sickbeard – internet personal video recorder
  • maraschino – frontend for XBMC
  • couchpotato – media search automation

The plugins that Joshua created can be found at

For release information, please refer to the notes here: [Release Thread] SAB / SB / CP / HP / Maraschino / LL / Gamez

Support information is available here: [Support Thread] SAB / SB / CP / HP / Maraschino / LL / Gamez

We’d like to thank Joshua again for contributing plugins to the FreeNAS project. FreeNAS would be nothing without the support of its wonderful community. If you’d like to make your own plugins, why not check out the official documentation? We’d love to hear about your progress on the Plugins forum.

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 is Available

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The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3. This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.1 as it moves towards the final.

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 can be downloaded from the following location:

FreeNAS 8.3.1 adds ZFS volume encryption to the features available in FreeNAS 8.3.0. BETA3 has a number of bug fixes and feature requests based on community feedback and testing of the first two beta releases, as well as feedback and bug fixes from FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE-p1.

There are no further betas planned as FreeNAS 8.3.1 marches towards the final release. At this point there will be no additional features added to 8.3.1.

Virtio drivers have been added to the image. For this BETA they default to off, which makes them a bit difficult to use.