Excerpt from my Book: Configuring storage in FreeNAS

Linux.com has published an excerpt from my book. The excerpt is called “Configuring storage in FreeNAS”… Here is an excerpt from the excerpt!!!

The essence of the FreeNAS server is to provide storage that is easily accessible from the network. To this end, it is important to understand how FreeNAS handles hard disks and how they can be configured and used to provide the best and most reliable storage for your network.

Read more here: Linux.com :: Configuring storage in FreeNAS

Thinking Aloud and Thinking Allowed; New Blog Started.

Ron Bailey has started a new blog called “Second Thoughts” which is really a place for him to dump his current thoughts and meditations… As he puts it “Was it Pooh Bear who said ‘sometime I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits…’? I think for me the priority would need to be reversed…’sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just think…'”

The blog is a place for thoughts that have stirred hime and which might stir others.

Read more here: Thinking Aloud and Thinking Allowed

My review of PC-BSD 7 published on Linux.com

I have written another article for Linux.com, this time about PC-BSD.

Until recently FreeBSD lacked an easy-to-use desktop version. In 2005 the PC-BSD project was started to provide just that. This month PC-BSD version 7 was released. I downloaded and installed it to see how it squares up to user-friendly Linux distributions like Ubuntu.

I had high expectations of PC-BSD, as much is said of FreeBSD’s stability and security, and having used FreeNAS, which is based on FreeBSD, I knew that FreeBSD has lots to offer. The idea of a desktop-orientated version of FreeBSD with easy-to-install software packages sounded useful. But on the whole PC-BSD failed to impress me. On the plus side, the Push Button Installation works as advertised and the ability to play MP3 and DivX files out of the box is something that many Linux distributions lack. But having struggled to install it, along with the KDE widget glitch and experiencing a system freeze, I feel that PC-BSD still needs some work.

Read more here: PC-BSD 7 is a mixed bag

Google’s 2001 index

Google have dusted off dusted off a vintage search index from 2001 and taken it for a spin.

The net was very different in ’01… “iPod” did not refer to a music player, “youtube” was nonsense, and if you were looking for “Michael Phelps,” chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. “Wikipedia” was brand new.

Google had had so much fun searching that they put this old index online for everyone to play with.

You can try it at Google’s 2001 index.

Read more here: Official Google Blog: 2001: A search odyssey