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Hey guys,

I just got my FreeNAS box installed, set-up, and running. I'm running RAIDZ1 with 3x2TB WD Green drives. However, I'm a little bit bummed out because I forgot about my plans to run Linux Home Server on it instead of FreeNAS. Looking into it, I'm trying to figure out what Linux Home Server can do that FreeNAS can't. I'm interested in torrenting and using it as a NAS. I'm streaming to multiple sources (Raspberry Pi, XBox 360, computers, phones, etc) and am also hoping to use the NAS box as a backup location for 2 Macbook Pros and my desktop. However, before I get everything tucked away and start ignoring it....I need to know if I should try Ubuntu Home Server instead of FreeNAS, and what functionality I would gain/lose over FreeNAS.

Hardware: FX4100, GA78LMT-USB3, Antec Earthwatts 380W PSU, 3xWD Green 2TB in RAIDZ, 8GB 1333MHz Ripjaws X Ram. FreeNAS 8.3 installed on 16GB flashdrive.
 
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AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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I use my NAS with FreeNAS (7x 2TB drives in RaidZ2 ) and use it for all of the above listed items [2 Mac's, 4 PC's, 3 iPad's streaming from it, several other devices accessing it ] with the exception of torrenting (which I believe there is a plugin for) - it wouldn't hurt to try out Ubuntu Server if you don't really have anything already set up, but I don't really see any advantage over using FreeNAS (which is a bit more lightweight on resources).

Good luck with which ever you decide, its fun to play around with stuff, but once you get everything set, FreeNAS is about as solid as it gets for reliability.
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exactly what the guy said above. Freenas uses a plugin system that will allow you to do everything you said.
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Thank you both for your posts. Two things:
1) Transmission on FreeNAS is pretty limiting. I can't point my downloads to a different locations....so I can't separate distros from drivers. They all just go in "Downloads", or whatever I'd want to call it. I can still torrent through my other computer(s) and point them to my NAS for where to save the files. However, I'd prefer to have the FreeNAS box completely separate.
2) I know that FreeNAS can handle what I know I want.....but what features am I missing? Is there something that Ubuntu Home Server can do that I can't with FreeNAS?

I also have access to Windows Home Server 2008 and 2012. Is there anything that Windows Home Server 2008 or 2012 can do that Ubuntu Home Server or FreeNAS can't. ie: A feature I might want, that I'm not even aware that I want.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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post #5 of 5

I can't talk about what you are downloading. You'll have to figure out a solution for that stuff.

 

I also wouldn't know what you would want to run. I mean, I'm not you and I don't know what you want to do in the future. You could just run everything in VM's and that would solve all your problems, it's just going to take a little while to set it all up.

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