FreeNAS 10 Hackathon

Written by dru on .

Last week, FreeNAS developers from around the globe arrived for 2 weeks of face-to-face discussions and coding sessions for FreeNAS 10.  Yes, Virginia, there will be a FreeNAS 10, divided into a series of planned milestone releases (M2-M5) for those who would like to assist in testing and development, or merely just to follow along as we progress

Hackathon participants came from Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Ukraine, several US states, as well as those local to the Bay area. The non-locals stayed at a historic ranch in the Livermore hills with enough seclusion, Internet access, and food that time could be spent coding, doc’ing, and ramping up on tools, architecture, and design elements. In case you ever wondered what it takes to fuel a hackathon, Jordan has a good idea regarding how many shopping carts are needed:


Days were spent using a whiteboard, reviewing design mockups, and nailing down timelines, blockers, and assigning features. Over the next few weeks, we’ll have more blog posts detailing the various milestones, how you can check out the developers’ progress, where you can get more information about the new architecture, where you can get developer previews in order to test new features and help find bugs, and how you can setup a development environment and contribute to the development process.

We’re Expanding!

Written by Annie Zhang on .

As you may know, last year saw an increase in demand for our storage and server products and that demand continues to grow. When we started out, we were just a small group of close-knit people. Over the years, we steadily added more and more talent to our company and before we knew it, we had grown to over 100 employees.

Of course, with that growth comes challenges. To put it simply, we don’t have enough space for employees to sit.

We had this problem about a year ago, so we renovated the software engineering area to add more desks. But here we are, out of space again. Some suggested using a double-tiered desk, but clearer heads prevailed with the solution of acquiring a second building.


Meet our second office. It will be the new home of FreeNAS as well as house TrueNAS software engineering and support. It’s down the same road from our current office. We’re not moving, just expanding. The iXsystems headquarters office is unchanged, as is our contact information.

The obvious benefit of this expansion is that people will have their own work spaces again and as we hire new employees, they will have a place to sit. The expansion will also allow us to cluster departments together.

It will be finished shortly. We expect to finish it in the next few months. When we’re all settled in, we’ll let you know, so feel free to drop by and check it out.