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.

Old FreeNAS vs TrueNAS Software Development ProcessThe situation is illustrated in the diagram above, but the company has decided to work on improving the development process, and FreeNAS and TrueNAS will share the same build, QA processor, documentation and even release starting with TrueNAS 12. That means there will be a single binary with two versions:

  • TrueNAS CORE previously known as FreeNAS, without the need for license keys, and the source code open source and free to use.
  • TrueNAS Enterprise with an extended feature set, and using a license key on supported platforms.

TrueNAS CORE (Community-supported, Open-source, Rapid development, Early available) is just the same as FreeNAS with only the name changing. The key functionalities, update process, etc.. remain the same, but development should now be faster, and releases may happen more often (6 months vs 9/12 months previously).

TrueNAS 12 Preview – Click to Enlarge

Nightly images for TrueNAS 12 will become available on March 11th, so you can test it out before the official release. When that will be, I’m not sure, but you can follow the progress in the forums. Besides the FreeNAS & TrueNAS merge, TrueNAS 12 will also bring improved support for AMD EPYC / Ryzen platforms, enhanced NUMA support for more efficient CPU core handling, and Open ZFS 2.0 support with dataset encryption, performance improvements, and compatibility with Linux ZFS pools.

It would be nice to have a features matrix between TrueNAS CORE and Enterprise, and somebody asked in the announcement, but sadly there’s no such document just yet.

Via Liliputing and Hacker News

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3 Replies to “FreeNAS Operating System Becomes TrueNAS CORE”

  1. I don’t know why anyone would want to use this. My experience with their “community support” was horrific. I was given step-by-step instructions that destroyed my server, then I was mocked and ridiculed for following the instructions I was given.

    1. Its not just the community support, even the professional, paid for support is terrible. We bought a FreeNAS Mini device to start our evaluation (file store and iSCSI storage repo for small local branch offices), explained our use case, data volumes, throughput, IOPS, client numbers, etc and asked them to recommend suitable hardware. They were quick to respond and we went and bought 16 x their recommendation for each of the branch offices. After 2 days of struggling with performance we went back for help and we were pretty much laughed at and told that the hardware we had purchased (exactly the hardware they recommended) was not suitable. We would have to buy new (non-raid, just passthrough) SAS controllers, increase the RAM to double the initial recommendation and buy replacement ethernet controllers

      Obviously I was not amused at this sh1t show and we will never be a future customer

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