TrueNAS is an open source operating system, based on BSD, whose free variant FreeNAS is very popular among home builders of storage systems and is also included in many commercial products.
To the surprise and dismay of many BSD supporters, the supplier of TrueNAS, iXsystems, I can use them to develop future products based on Debian Linux and that both the commercial variant TrueNAS and FreeNAS will share code base, writes Ars Technica.
According to the announced development plan, iXsystems will develop three different products: the previous free variant FreeNAS will have TrueNAS Core, the future Linux variant will have TrueNAS Scale and the current commercial TrueNAS will also continue to have TrueNAS.
IXsystems is somewhat secretive about the goal of the upcoming division into different products and the introduction of Linux as an operating system, but the company’s head of product development, Morgan Littlewood, explains to Ars Technica that SCALE is an acronym that stands for Scale-out (think so) fun with recursion, editor’s note), Converged, Active-active, Linux container and Easy.
Littlewood also believes that Linux provides better conditions for quality assurance and for a more user-friendly web interface on top of the ZFS file system than BSD allows.