Introduction to FreeNAS 8.0 Article in June BSD Mag

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The June 2011 issue of BSD Mag has an article “Introducing FreeNAS 8.0″ on pages 14-18. You can download this issue for free here. The publisher has also made this article available as a separate PDF which is available here.

The article describes:

* the reasons behind the redesign
* differences between .7 and 8.0
* an overview of the graphical interface
* FreeNAS 8.0 resources

Requesting Software for 8.1 Plugin System

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Beginning with 8.1, FreeNAS will support the installation of software packages through the use of a plugin system. These packages will be in the form of PBIs (Push Button Installers) which is the packaging system used by PC-BSD.

There is a PBI forum where you can request the creation of PBIs. If there is an application that you’d like to see available for FreeNAS 8.1, read the README on the PBI Request Forum first as it contains instructions for determining if a PBI already exists and, if it does not, how to request that a PBI be created. More information about how the PBI request process works can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

If you’re interested in trying to create your own PBI, use the instructions in this page of the PC-BSD Handbook. It is important to note that the PBI format will be changing between versions 8.x and 9.x. If you are interested in creating a PBI for FreeNAS 8.1, follow the 8.x instructions.

New FreeNAS 8 Forums

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Until now, FreeNAS 8 forum discussions took place in a sub-forum of the Sourceforge FreeNAS forums. This was confusing to users as it wasn’t always clear if the information in the rest of the forums was applicable to 8 or only worked on earlier versions of FreeNAS.

FreeNAS 8 now has its own dedicated Forums at an easy to remember URL: If you wish to post information or ask questions about FreeNAS 8, please use the new forums. FreeNAS .7 users should continue to use the existing forums.

The FreeNAS 8 Guide has been updated with links to each category in the Forums.

At the moment, the Forum categories are English only but we would be happy to add language forums upon request. To request that a language be added, leave a comment or drop me an email.