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Written by James T. Nixon III on .

The FreeNAS development team is delighted to announce the general release of FreeNAS 9.1.1. This release offers small, but significant, improvements to FreeNAS 9.1.0!

A number of cosmetic issues, UI tracebacks and outright bugs (such as 32 bit plugins not working) have been addressed since 9.1 was released. A few features that were known to be broken, such as AIO in Samba3 or IPv6 in plugin jails, were also disabled to avoid people shooting their feet off.

Finally, a number of important ZFS stability fixes were also picked up from the TrueOS repo during the creation of 9.1.1-RELEASE.

Thank you for all your participation and assistance during the 9.1.1 BETA and Release Candidate process. This release benefited significantly from your suggestions and bug reports!

For a list of all bugs closed between FreeNAS 9.1.0 and FreeNAS 9.1.1, please see

FreeNAS 9.1.1-RELEASE can be downloaded from as well as from CDN and SourceForge.

Your Friendly FreeNAS Development Team

Which FreeNAS?

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

Lessons from a year in the trenches with BSD’s killer app.

I will confess that the TCP/IP stack is truly BSD’s killer app, giving us the Internet as we know it but that’s pretty old news and it’s no longer the de facto standard. Other contenders for this status are OpenBSD’s OpenSSH and Packet Filter thanks to their reach and occasionally FreeBSD for setting Internet traffic records. Today however I will argue that the single most valuable piece of BSD software to the greatest number of users is FreeNAS, the open source Network Attached Storage distribution maintained by FreeBSD-oriented hardware vendor iXsystems.

What’s New in FreeNAS 8.x

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

This article highlights some of the new features which have been added to FreeNAS 8.x since July, 2012. These include the Plugins Jail, ZFSv28, and GELI encryption.

Since its initial release in May, 2011, the newly designed FreeNAS 8.x series has added many features that make this open source storage operating system an attractive option for everyone from home users up to large enterprise users.

The initial releases concentrated on improving the graphical administrative interface and the “core” NAS features. These core features include the ability to perform the following within a graphical interface from a web browser: