FreeNAS, a free implementation of a minimal FreeBSD distribution, has just reached version 9.2.0 RC.
FreeNAS 9.2.0 RC has introduced a large number of functional changes in comparison with the 8.x branch and it's a lot larger than the Beta release that was made available only a short while ago.
“As the name implies, this is the next-to-final image of 9.2.0. If nothing significantly wrong is discovered with this image, it will become the official release!”
“Please please test this release as extensively as you can so that any remaining issues can be worked out before 9.2.0-RELEASE is rolled (hopefully in just 2 weeks, depending on how this testing goes). This is literally our last chance to find and fix anything serious before 9.2.0 goes ‘production status’for the general public!” said the developers in the official announcement.
Highlights of FreeNAS 9.2.0 RC:
• Various performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages have been implemented in this latest version;
• The Kernel UMA allocator is now the default for ZFS, which should result in higher ZFS performance;
• The Avahi (multicast DNS, aka Bonjour) registration of all services, including the web service, has been implemented;
• The built-in admin user account is no longer used and the Admin Account has been removed;
• The plugin system now offers in-place updates for plugins, and the installed plugins have been segregated from the available plugins to make the UI less cluttered;
• The “Permit Sudo” field has been implemented in the “add and edit” screens for Users and Groups.
Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.