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FreeNAS and TrueNAS are Unifying

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FreeNAS and TrueNAS have been separate-but-related members of the #1 Open Source storage software family since 2012. FreeNAS is the free Open Source version with an expert community and has led the pursuit of innovations like Plugins and VMs. TrueNAS is the enterprise version for organizations of all sizes that need additional uptime and performance, as well as the enterprise-grade support necessary for critical data and applications.

From the beginning at iXsystems, we’ve developed, tested, documented, and released both as separate products, even though the vast majority of code is shared. This was a deliberate technical decision in the beginning but over time became less of a necessity and more of “just how we’ve always done it”. Furthermore, to change it was going to require a serious overhaul to how we build and package both products, among other things, so we continued to kick the can down the road. As we made systematic improvements to development and QA efficiency over the past few years, the redundant release process became almost impossible to ignore as our next major efficiency roadblock to overcome. So, we’ve finally rolled up our sleeves.

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Also: FreeNAS + TrueNAS Unifying Into TrueNAS 12.0 CORE/Enterprise

FreeNAS Operating System Becomes TrueNAS CORE

  • FreeNAS Operating System Becomes TrueNAS CORE

    So far, iXsystems managed two FreeBSD based operating systems for network access storage (NAS): devices: FreeNAS an open-source version supported by the community, and TrueNAS with more enterprise-grade features and commercial support working on the company’s hardware of the same name (TrueNAS flash-powered arrays).

    Even though lots of the code was shared, the company found out that maintaining both projects separately negatively affected the development efficiency and quality of the software since they had to maintain two build processes, two QA processes, and two sets of documentation.

FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging

  • FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging (open source operating systems for network-attached-storage)

    FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For much of the past decade, the project has been led by the folks at iXsystems, which has also produced an enterprise version of the software called TrueNAS.

    Now iXsystems has announced that FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging. Moving forward there will be a single operating system called TrueNAS rather than two different, but closely related operating systems.

Open source operating systems FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging

  • Open source operating systems FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging

    iXsystems has announced that its two open source operating systems for network attached storage are unifying. Moving forward, FreeNAS and TrueNAS will merge into TrueNAS Open Storage.

    Despite the unification, there will still be two versions of the operating system available: TrueNAS CORE and TrueNAS Enterprise. Both are billed as enterprise-quality software, but TrueNAS Enterprise requires a license and offers an extended set of features, while TrueNAS CORE is free.

FreeNAS is now TrueNAS Core

  • FreeNAS is now TrueNAS Core

    iXsystems, the company behind the development of FreeNAS, the free software network attached storage distribution, has announced that the popular NAS distribution will now be known as TrueNAS Core. And that was was formerly known as TrueNAS will now be called TrueNAS Enterprise. It’s a renaming and a unification at the same time. With the popularity of cloud storage services, I thought distributions like FreeNAS would be going the way of the dodo, but apparently not.

FreeNAS and TrueNAS merge

  • FreeNAS and TrueNAS merge

    iXsystems the development team behind the FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network-attached storage (NAS) devices who also create TrueNAS the enterprise version, have announced that they will be merging the two operating systems.

    TrueNAS will be the name going forward and two different versions will be made available the TrueNAS CORE: open source edition (CORE stands for Community Supported, Open Source, Rapid Development, and Early availability) and the TrueNAS Enterprise: commercial version with enterprise management and support.

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