Re: Debian based NAS? What to buy?
On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 4:36 AM, Jeff Latta <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Francisco Borges wrote:
>> I am thinking about buying a new NAS box. Not a DIY box, but a ready
>> to use NAS (2 to max 4 trays) for home use (it has to be *small* and
> I'm looking for one of those too. I will probably go with the QNAP TS-219P
> because of its relatively small size and low power consumption which is 5W
> in sleep and 21W in operation. It does have one fan. Sound level is
> specified at 36.3 dB in operation.
The only NAS (I know of) without a fan is also from QNAP but IIRC it's
a single drive (TS-119).
> There was a thread on Debian-ARM about
> installation so it will run Debian. I was impressed with the number of
> features that the QNAP products had. It comes with embedded Linux and is
> expandable with their QPKG Software Package Platform. I haven't owned a
> QNAP product before. Any comments from those of you that do?
I also never owned a QNAP box, but I do own a ReadyNas Duo which has
been giving me some trouble. (BTW, actual owners of QNAP gear: I am
also waiting to hear from you!)
The ReadyNas Duo (and AFAIK all ReadyNas'es) run a modified version of
Debian, so you could just run apt-get but you can't just install
"regular" Debian on them (at least not in the Sparc based Duo). In
practice it means I have a machine with dead software support. The
Debian version on my ReadyNas is Sarge.... so being able to install
Debian directly is indeed a major selling point for me as well.
Before I had the ReadyNas I wanted a NAS with wake-on-lan (which
neither my ReadyNas nor the QNAP TS-219P have). But I found that using
scheduled power on/off is sufficient for my needs.