Distribution Release: VortexBox 1.0

Andrew Gillis has announced the release of VortexBox 1.0, a Fedora-based server distribution that turns an unused computer into a music server or jukebox:

“VortexBox 1.0 released. After several months of hard work we have released VortexBox 1.0. It has many of the features requested by the community including: FLAC to Apple Lossless (m4a) mirroring through the web GUI; MusicBrainz and CDDB used for ID3 tags; tool tips for each section in the GUI; Logitech SqueezeCenter 7.4.1 pre-installed and configured; software upgrade through the web GUI. VortexBox 1.0 also has a lot of bug fixes including better handling of existing cover art. You can update to this version from the command line.”

Read the release announcement and visit the project’s home page to learn more about this distribution.

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OpenMediaVault project page on sourceforge.net

So far the OpenMediaVault.org website is still a default joomla installation page. I’m sure the OpenMediaVault site will be filled with more useful content, when Volker Theile has made it clear for himself what OpenMediaVault is going to be, the roadmap, features for the initial alpha/beta release, etc

In the meantime, have a look at the OpenMediaVault SourceForge page, which was created on 03 December 2009.

Debian based NAS server

OpenMediaVault is a easy to administrate NAS based on Debian. Its primary target is the be open for adding additional services easily. The core system comes with a subset of services like CIFS/SMB, FTP, SSH, UPnP server,

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IBM: Manage Data Like Cash

IBM today released a report tracking the effective use of business analytics at successful businesses. The report, “Breaking away with business analytics and optimization,” said that all businesses can differentiate their performance by analyzing data better and by delivering insight to decision makers at all levels of an organization.

Those with a successful strategy “achieve both top and bottom line impact — especially important in the current economy,” the report said.

“Business school graduates understand how to manage cash but don’t understand how to manage information,” added Ambuj Goyal, general manager for business analytics and process optimization at IBM (NYSE: IBM) in response to a question from InternetNews.com.


Posted in Data Storage

Debian NAS project turns to SheevaPlug

Martin Michlmayr has published several guides about running Debian on the Linksys NSLU2 (“Slug”) router/NAS device, including one on migrating a Debian NSLU2 installation to Marvell’s SheevaPlug NAS design. With the latest guides on troubleshooting, booting, modifying, and cloning Debian on the NSLU2, the documentation is essentially complete, says Michlmayr.

The free guides cover a number of topics about running Debian Linux with the much-hacked, Linux-ready Cisco/Linksys NSLU2 router and network-attached storage (NAS) platform. Topics are said to include:

  • Troubleshooting: common problems and their solutions
  • Internals about the boot process of Debian on the NSLU2
  • Modifying a NSLU2 firmware image
  • Cloning a NSLU2
  • Migration guide: How to move your Debian installation from your NSLU2 to a SheevaPlug

I believe my NSLU2 web page now covers everything Debian users need to know about the NSLU2,”

reports former Debian project leader Michlmayr on his Cyrius.com site where he has posted documentation for Debian porting projects in partnership with the NSLU2-Linux project.

“While I’ll continue to maintain and update this information, I don’t expect to make major additions. Instead, I’ll focus my attention on the SheevaPlug (a great replacement for the NSLU2) and other devices, such as NAS devices from QNAP.

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BSDTalk interview with Josh Paetzel (iXsystems)

BSDTalk has a 12 minute interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems. Will and Josh talk about the recent takeover of the FreeNAS project by iXsystems.

FreeNAS will stay FreeBSD-based, with the ZFS file system and the project will stay open source. The roadmap and some other things are still being thought about and worked on.

BSDTalk 182 – Listen to the podcast: MP3 | OGG

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