FreeNAS 8.3.1 is Released!

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

Images and plugins can be downloaded from the following site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/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.

There have been no major changes between 8.3.1-RC1 and RELEASE, mostly bugfixes and minor usability improvements to the GUI. See the release notes for a complete list: http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.1/RELEASE/README/download

Please familiarize yourself extensively with the encryption features of FreeNAS before using them. Doing the wrong thing can end up in a state where the volume is hidden behind very difficult to break AES 256 encryption.

http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Volumes#ZFS_Encryption

Many modern CPUs feature hardware support for encryption. If hardware support is available FreeNAS will use it. In these cases the overhead of encryption will be negligible. For systems without hardware encryption acceleration the performance impact will vary based on the number of disks being used in the encrypted volume.

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:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.1/RC1/

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 http://freenas.synergames.com//browse.php?action=browse&userid=7&folder=amd64.

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.