My first NAS was a shiny box made by Seagate. It was a real piece of JUNK. So I thought I'd give Freenas a try. That was 2010. Not long afterwarrds Freenas went in a totally different direction which I hated. Then by some miracle the original Freenas interface was brought back to life shortly after with NAS4Free and it has just been getting better ever since. NAS4Free has been a real asset to my home and business and now I have even taken the plunge into ZFS and Virtualbox, and not to mention Nextcloud. Just a wonderful product with a great interface - I applaud the developers and hope they support NAS4Free for many years to come.
Very stable this product, but the hierarchy of permissions seems a bit cumbersome, I have used it for more than 3 years and I still find it difficult to hierarchize the permissions to the folders and files, but of very effective and effective rest.
Very good and stable product. ZFS is still the best file system even with some new ones on the market. Microsoft's REFS is incomplete and performs poorly. All 10.3 versions can also be virtualized successfully, even with HYPER-V. Many features that I don't even use.
When running in HYPER-V more than 8 drives causes the software to go squirrelly with drive identification. No damage though.
Documentation could use improvement. Written only for the experienced user. Would be nice if you could just download one PDF file for all how to use documentation.
I have been using NAS4FREE for several years now and have found it very stable to use.
There was one issue that came up recently with the web GUI and the guys at NAS4FREE were very quick to fix it.
I trust it with all my data and most likely will for a very long time to come
Great stable NAS distribution, and in a lot of things performing a lot better than FreeNAS where they do use users as freenas often uses test code without users do aware. Also NAS4Free code base exist way longer and they did not need webgui rewrites over and over again.
With NAS4Free you have a great NAS system, it's a shame some die hards only tell you to use FreeNAS over and over again but do not say to try NAS4Free too. NAS4Free is what FreeNAS ever was.