Friday, May 1, 2009

Applications to make your ZFS NAS entertaining

Your ZFS storage is just blah without data and content. After loading your data you want access to be simple and secure. So to bridge all your important digital memories and collections with fun browsing, here are some cool open-source apps I've come across that were fairly straight forward and fun to add to EON.
Jinzora is a web based media streaming and management system, written in PHP.

AjaXplorer is an easy-to-install file explorer for remotely managing files on a web server. Its “rich client” layout and actions make it accessible to any end-user for a variety of purposes: file management/sharing, photo gallery, code browsing, etc. Only PHP (4 or 5) is necessary, no database needed.

MediaTomb is an open source (GPL) UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface, it allows you to stream your digital media through your home network and listen to/watch it on a variety of UPnP compatible devices. I've successfully compiled a 32-bit version of MediaTomb. Packaging and some integration challenges still exist and are being worked on. I will share this or the compile configurations for anyone wanting to build or download it. If anyone has successfully compiled ffmpegthumbnailer on opensolaris please feel free to share.

PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration.

Other cool applications with less visual effects but some may find useful include using your EON ZFS NAS as a svn or git revision control system. A nice SVN howto can be seen here. Please feel free to share cool apps you've added or used with your EON ZFS storage.


Emmanuel said...

If you're looking for cool apps... let's see what Qnap "offers" : newsgroups grabber, bittorent client, etc.

Oskar Agustsson said...

I´ve been using the EON now for a week as a replacement for Nexenta. Fantastic work you have done.

This thing wrapped upp with additional programs like mt-daap server & webui (like freenas) would be the great.

Andre Lue said...

Thanks Oskar,

I had a partial Freenas port which I shared and recently took another look at the 0.7 Freenas trunk. The more I look at the code the more I feel it's not a good fit.

After porting, it still leaves out CIFS administration and integration seems like a steep development time and effort curve.

I am still looking at a webgui admin but if anyone would like to take on the development challenge, it would be great.

mYwaY said...

Hi Andre

i have two questions:
1. There is any WebUI that you recommend for daily usage?
2. There is any Docs of EON? such as installation guide or configuration guide?

Andre Lue said...


for now you can follow the quick start guide

Let me know if you have more questions. Also feel free to post threads from the discuss link (upper right).

Chad said...

Hello Andre,

Is there any plan to support AoE in EON?

Andre Lue said...


ATAoE may already work but Sun found a wider audience in iSCSI.

More info and can be found here and drivers here