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An operating system based on GNU/Linux technologies and designed to deploy NAS systems

editor's review





NanoNAS is a commercial operating system based on GNU/Linux software and designed from the ground up to be used for deploying dedicated, stable and reliable NAS (Network-Attached Storage) systems in a shortest time as possible.

Features at a glance

While the operating system is simple, easy to use and manage, it features remote administration via the Telnet protocol, support for IDE (PATA) drives, support for multiple IDE (PATA) interfaces, S.M.A.R.T. support, and HTML-based status report pages.

Additionally, the distribution comes with simple configuration menus, supports a wide range of PCI hardware, supports large files and partitions, as well as HTTP and SMB/CIFS or HTTP and AFP exported filesystems.

Supports only 32-bit hardware platforms

As mentioned, this is a commercial project that costs around 10 USD (7.5 EUR or 6 GBP). After payment, it will be downloadable as an ISO image of approximately 7MB in size, deployable only on computers that support the 32-bit architecture.

The OS boots directly into RAM

NanoNAS boots directly into RAM (system memory) and runs from there, allowing you to eject the bootable medium. Being so small, the operating system will run in a 4MB RAM disk.

NanoNAS’ recommended system requirements

The good news is that NanoNAS has low hardware requirements and it will run very well and fast on a computer with a Pentium or better processor, at least 32MB of RAM, an on-board or PCI network interface adapter, a PCI bus, one or more fixed disk drives, as well as a conventional 3.5 inch floppy disk drive.

There are better, free NAS solutions out there

All things considered, we strongly suggest our users to search Softpedia for a different NAS (Network-Attached Storage) solution, as NanoNAS costs money and offers almost the same functionality as other free NAS systems, such as FreeNAS or EasyNAS.

NanoNAS was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 1st, 2014
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