?
Solved

Specialized linux distribution for NAS

Posted on 2003-11-26
4
Medium Priority
?
1,291 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
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
0
Comment
Question by:rjud
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
Gns earned 750 total points
ID: 9838901
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
0
 

Author Comment

by:rjud
ID: 10178997
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
0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Gns
ID: 10182352
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
0

Featured Post

Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress Comparisons

If you run run a WordPress, you understand the potential headaches you may face when updating your plugins and themes. Do you choose to update on the fly and risk taking down your site; or do you set up a staging, keep it in sync with your live site and use that to test updates?

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Linux users are sometimes dumbfounded by the severe lack of documentation on a topic. Sometimes, the documentation is copious, but other times, you end up with some obscure "it varies depending on your distribution" over and over when searching for …
In part one, we reviewed the prerequisites required for installing SQL Server vNext. In this part we will explore how to install Microsoft's SQL Server on Ubuntu 16.04.
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month14 days, 18 hours left to enroll

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question