Carlos has announced Amahi 6.2. This release brings mostly stability and bug fixes. All details and changes are in the release notes for Amahi 6.2. The lead developer also mentions the success of the Ubuntu based version of Amahi. Personally, I think this was to be expected.

Many applications have been added or updated.

Development is well under way on Amahi 7, based on Fedora 17 (or 18). This future version is a major re-implementation of the whole Amahi platform, with modern technologies like Rails 3 and ruby 1.9. It should run faster and be able to do much nicer things.

Looking forward to the 7.0 version now.

Josh Paetzel has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA, an open source storage platform based on FreeBSD that supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

Most of the changes and updates have gone into AD and LDAP integration and improvements. Support for plugins has also been improved.

You can download the latest version from SF.

The FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1.  This is the first public release of the 8.3.0 branch of FreeNAS, which upgrades the underlying base system of FreeNAS to FreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE-p7. This update brings with it version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, as well as a number of updates to the drivers and utilities in the base system.

FreeNAS 8.2.0 brought with it the ability to install plugins, this functionality is present in FreeNAS 8.3.0 as well.  At the moment upgrading the plugin jail to the version included with FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 will cause plugins to stop working and will require re-installation and reconfiguration of all plugins to resume normal operation.  It is recommended to avoid upgrading working components of the plugin system.

ZFS v28 includes several features such as the ability to detach a dedicated ZIL device, triple parity RAIDZ, and deduplication.  There are numerous caveats to using deduplication, please do some research into the possible caveats of using dedup before enabling it.

Take Note, upgrading an existing ZFS pool is a one way street, once the upgrade is done it is not possible to use older versions of FreeNAS, nor is it possible to downgrade your pool.  This upgrade can be done by running zpool upgrade from the CLI, it is not done automatically via the upgrader, nor is there a way to do the upgrade from the GUI.

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 can be downloaded from this location this location.

FreeNAS is shaping up to become one of the best, free NAS operating systems

Microsoft has killed off Windows Home Server and Small Business Server.

Microsoft had been expected to shelve Windows Home Server since the end of 2010, when it removed a key feature called Drive Extender, a drive pooling system. The Windows Home Server package led a troubled life from the outset, arriving with a data corruption bug that Microsoft took months to fix, and a lack of support from hardware vendors.

In its FAQ on the changes, Microsoft confirmed the demise of Home Server, suggesting fans move to a new SKU called Essentials.

"Windows Home Server has seen its greatest success in small office/home office (SOHO) environments and among the technology enthusiast community," Microsoft said.

Read the full article at PC-Pro: Windows Home Server is dead.

In my opinion we do not need MS Homeserver as there are many free and very capable NAS operating systems available.