Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. That means when the port is completed, Openfiler will be using the yum package management system.

The current version of Openfiler uses the Conary package management system, a system developed by rPath, Inc., a technology outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The development of that version was at a standstill for a very long time, that at one point, users thought that development had ceased. And I had actually given up on it and moved to FreeNAS. Even when I wrote Network Attached Storage (NAS) distributions just last week, Openfiler was not even on the list.

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But some good folks have revived the distribution, releasing a new stable version of the Conary edition in April of this year. That edition was Openfiler 2.99. With the announcement that the distribution is being ported to CentOS, that appears to be the final release of that line. When the CentOS-based edition is released, it will likely be Openfiler 3.0.

A test ISO installation image of the CentOS edition is already available for download. It is based on CentOS 6.4. Here are a few screen shots from a test installation that I prepared in a virtual environment. This one shows the boot menu.
OPenfiler Linux NAS CentOS

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The installer uses Anaconda version 13.21.195, a very old version of the Fedora systems installer.
OPenfiler Linux NAS CentOS Anaconda

Openfiler is supposed to come with a Web-based management interface, but it appears that for this initial CentOS port, that interface is not yet ready for use. Configuration is via the ncurses interface shown below.
OPenfiler Linux NAS ncurses configuration

If you would like to take it for spin, you may download it from here. You may also visit the projects website at Openfiler.com. The port to CentOS was announced here.

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  1. The sad aspect of this potentially new approach and product from HP, is that if the SlateBookX2 mobile device is even reasonably successful in sales, particularly as against the Microsoft Surface tablets, HP will assuredly abandon the product at the behest or strong demand, however you like to phrase it, from Microsoft.

    HP’s record in this type behavior is legendany and disturbing.

    1. Well, considering that Microsoft makes more money from Android than from Windows Mobile, I don’t think Balmer will want to kill the goose that’s bringing in the $$.

  2. If I can get Linux on it with full hardware support (or near enough) including accelerated graphics, then this would be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’d love to be able to dual boot Android and Linux, or perhaps better yet, run an Android environment on top of Linux (without needing another virtual machine underneath the Dalvik one). I can dream anyway.

    If this ends up not being possible, then some new Bay Trail based hardware or one of the recently announced AMD SoCs might be in my future. At least these x86 based designs are bound to have good Linux hardware support. My AMD C60 based netbook is not terrible, but I’m hoping for a better power/battery usage ratio in the future.

    1. I was disappointed when they abandoned WebOS, but this is a good thing. It would have been better if they had stuck with WebOS and build hardware like this for it.

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