NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorent (initiator and target), Bridge, CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol)
and HAST (Highly Available Storage).
All this can easy be setup by it's highly configurable WEB interface.
NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, Hard disk or booted of from a LiveCD with a usb stick.
Great NAS software, small power efficient OS run from a USB stick.
I have been running a headless hardware NAS on my local intranet since FreeNAS was in the pre-V1 build. When it was split to FN/N4F I stuck with the N4F-side since I do not use ZFS (just CIFS & shares). I absolutely LOVE this software! it is very easy to configure to my needs and on the ultra-rare occasion I have had to reinstall the embedded...I can finalize the settings in under 15 minutes including all the share parameters. I highly recommend this software!
I've been running this project for 2 year now on a basic headless machine. It is incredible how sturdy and well managed this server can be. Thank you guys, for your incredible effort!.