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Specialized linux distribution for NAS

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Hi

I would like to set up a PC as an NAS (network attached storage). Is there some specialized Linux distribution available? I know I could just set up a "normal" linux system, but then I would have to add SAMBA, software RAID, a web based management interface, etc.

There are quite a lot of specialized / customized linux distributions available for setting up internet routers (IPCOP, fli4u), but I could not find anything similar for building a NAS.

Is there such a thing? The key requirements would be the integration into a Windows based network (i.e. CIFS / SMB) as well as some sort of a web based management console.

Thanks in advance
rjud
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As one might guess from the "resounding silence", there's no such thing publicly available... At least no to my knowledge:).

At least two reasons for this come to mind:
a) It's fairly easy to do with a recent distro (like Mdk9.2).
b) Those who actually have done something like this have some piece of hardware to go along with it... and don't want to compete with "themselves" (Cobalt come to mind:-).

I believe that many have found network security to be a larger challange, so that might explain the proliferation of distros/live-CDs/floppy-linuces with a bias in that direction.
Of course, some of these would fit your bill too... For example http://www.e-smith.org/ http://www.e-smith.com ...

-- Glenn
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It looks as if I have to take "no" as an answer... My question was, if there is such a thing as a specialized Linux distribution. And as Gns pointed out there isn't.

Now that CleanupPing has kindly requested me to "finalize this old question", I have to decide what to do.

I think that deleting the question (and getting a refund) is not an option - others may want to know that such a distribution does not exist. And hopefully somebody will create one!

According to http://www.experts-exchange.com/help/closing.jsp#12, just leaving the question open is considered to be an "abuse of the points system" and may lead to the suspension of my account, so this is no option as well.

Therefore I accept Gns's comment as an answer. And I will perhaps ask the same question again in half a year - hopefully I am more lucky by then.

rjd
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Thank you rjud, for taking the time to comment on your reasoning here, as well as for finalizing this question.
It's not uncommon for this type of answer (basically "no", as you've noted) to be rejected, although it might be the only answer, so thank you for that too.

> I think that deleting the question (and getting a refund) is not an option - others may want to know that such a distribution does not exist. And hopefully somebody will
> create one!
Creating a distro isn't easy, but not that hard either... especially if one starts with something that already works and "tweak it" until it does what you want... I'd be happy to do that, had I but the time:-).
One nice distro is the rock, which actually is a "frramework" for generating your own distros: http://www.rocklinux.org/
... Or perhaps base something on knoppix (http://www.knoppix.net)
Perhaps you have the time to do it?

-- Glenn
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