Linked by David Adams on Fri 30th Oct 2009 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The D-Link DNS-323 is a bargain-priced, consumer-grade network storage enclosure, similar to countless others. It's made of cheap plastic, has uninspired design, and a clunky web-based management interface. It's also brilliant, and if you have any hacker in you at all, you should buy one.
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RE: Ho hum
by lubod on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 02:33 UTC in reply to "Ho hum"
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This may be too pricey (or not have enough disks for you) but I ran across this brand sometime back, and it seems to match some of your criteria:

There is a 2 disk unit which sells for $199 bare (add your own drives)

I've read online that people got either Debian or OpenBSD on the older N2100 model. Seems they changed the model lineup somewhat, and replaced it with the N2200. No idea if guts are the same or totally different though.

Edited 2009-11-03 02:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Ho hum
by sorpigal on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 20:35 in reply to "RE: Ho hum"
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Price isn't really the issue (within reason) though of course I prefer to purchase my disks separately (I, like everyone I suppose, have a particular preference and dislike for certain manufacturers).

When I bought the YellowMachine I didn't know what software it had other than that it "runs linux". It came with 4 250G disks and was advertised as having terrabyte capacity (albeit only in raid0 and not counting filesystem overhead). At the time this cost $1300, which was a bit higher than build-it-yourself but not by a lot.

Thanks for the link. You're right, 2 disks isn't enough for me (got to have raid5). The company offers other models, though, and the chances are that they're all configured similarly. The key thing I want is the OS on the disks and not firmware/flash/some tiny place that's "just enough" for what they want the device to do. At first glance I don't see anything that says how their devices work, but given that the advertised filesystems are ext3, xfs and zfs I'm going to guess they run Linux or FreeBSD and that's good enough to take a chance on.

Of course with YellowMachine there was no hack-it-yourself... it came with Debian. Since Debian is my distribution of choice that just cannot be beat!

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