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TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta – Ars Technica

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ZFS features—with no command-line management.


TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta

Earlier this week, network-storage vendor iXsystems announced the release of TrueNAS 12.0-BETA1, which will replace FreeNAS later in 2020. The major offering of the new TrueNAS Core—like FreeNAS before it—is a simplified, graphically managed way to expose the features and benefits of the ZFS filesystem to end users. In the most basic environments, this might amount to little more than a Web front-end to ZFS itself, along with the Samba open-source implementation of Microsoft’s SMB network file-sharing protocol.

Although this might be sufficient for the majority of users, it only scratches the surface of what TrueNAS Core is capable of. For instance, more advanced storage users may choose to share files via NFS or iSCSI in addition to or in place of SMB. Additional services can be installed via plug-ins utilizing FreeBSD’s jail (containerization) facility, and the system can even run guest operating systems by way of FreeBSD’s BHyve virtualization system—all managed via Web interface alone.

TrueNAS Core will be what FreeNAS is now—the free, community version of iXsystems’ NAS (Network Attached Storage) distribution. End users—and system administrators who aren’t looking for paid support—can download FreeNAS or TrueNAS Core ISOs directly from iX, burn them to a bootable optical disc or thumbdrive, and install them on generic x86 hardware like any other operating system.

We’ve been kicking the tires on early versions of TrueNAS Core since its announcement in March, and we see no evidence of any FreeNAS functionality slipping away behind “premium only” paywalls. The dividing lines between TrueNAS Core and TrueNAS Enterprise are no different than those between earlier versions of FreeNAS and TrueNAS itself.

Due to the sheer breadth of TrueNAS Core’s offerings, we can’t walk you through everything it’s capable of in a single article. But we will hit the major highlights along the way—we’ll install the distribution and set up a storage pool on eight physical disks, join TrueNAS Core to a Windows Active Directory domain, set up some file shares, and play with ZFS snapshot and replication facilities.

The user interface has come a very long way in the six years since our 2014 review of FreeNAS. The modern TrueNAS interface has been entirely rebuilt from scratch, along much more coherent lines. If you’ve tried and given up on old versions of FreeNAS, it’s worth taking a second look at how far it has come.

Installation

  • If these options seem overwhelming, installing and managing your own storage distribution may not be for you.


    Jim Salter

  • Once you’ve decided to install, the next question is where you want the root and boot filesystem to go.


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  • This wasn’t our first TrueNAS Core test run, so we’re given the option to upgrade or install fresh. We chose the fresh install.


    Jim Salter

  • FORMAT! EVERYTHING!


    Jim Salter

  • Last chance to abort! It’s a little odd that we’re not told about the preference for “flash media” until the “oh no” screen, but okay.


    Jim Salter

  • You’ll need to set a root password before rebooting. There is no strength check here; if you want to use “poop” as your password, the installer won’t complain.


    Jim Salter

  • TrueNAS supports either UEFI or BIOS boot. Both modes worked on our Linux KVM virtual machine, and directly on the metal of the Storage Hot Rod.


    Jim Salter

  • That’s the whole install—pop the install medium out of the system and reboot.


    Jim Salter

The first-boot phase of a TrueNAS Core installation is the simplest OS installation we’ve ever seen. TrueNAS Core doesn’t ask you to do the complicated stuff during the original installation; all it wants to do is slap the operating system onto a boot disk and have done with it. You pick a disk (or USB thumb drive) to act as the boot-and-root medium, set a password, and pick UEFI- or BIOS-style boot—that’s it.

All of the interesting stuff—like configuring the rest of your disks as actual storage devices or creating and exposing network shares for them—happens later.

First boot

  • This ASCII splash screen hangs around for five seconds; if it hasn’t received input by then it falls through to a standard boot.


    Jim Salter

  • The only thing most users will need to do at the text console is configure the network interface (which defaults to DHCP).


    Jim Salter

  • You might think you’d WANT to “remove the current settings of this interface”—but if you do, it just returns you to the menu. So, uh, don’t?


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  • Don’t forget to configure your default route (and DNS) as well as the IP address, if you leave DHCP mode.


    Jim Salter

There isn’t much to do on your first reboot after installing TrueNAS Core—little or no configuration is ever done at the physical machine. By default, the system will assign configurations to any live network interfaces by DHCP. If you don’t want to issue a specific DHCP reservation for the TrueNAS system at your router, you’ll need to manually set an IP address in the text-based menu here.

Once you’ve got your TrueNAS Core system living at its “forever IP address,” it’s time to walk away, sit down in front of the computer or mobile device of your choice, and browse to the TrueNAS Web interface to get the real configuration work done.

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How Mumbai could replace Hong Kong as Asia’s main financial hub – Quartz

Large-scale protests. Ruthless crackdowns. A draconian law. Hong Kong’s relationship with the world has been completely altered by China after it imposed a new national security law on June 30, undermining Asia’s top financial center.

In the fast-moving world of business and finance, the tussle to replace Hong Kong is already under way, and India’s financial capital Mumbai could take advantage of its rival’s problems. “It looks like Hong Kong’s independent institutions, including the courts and the central bank, will get affected in the future,”said Pranay Singh, economic research analyst at GlobalData. “This affects its image as a business-friendly hub.”

The talk of turning Mumbai into a global financial behemoth isn’t new, but little effort has been made to turn that dream into a reality. While cities like Singapore and Tokyo appear to be ahead of Mumbai in the race, some experts think that India’s financial hub has certain advantages, and the primary structures in place to compete.

“We are home to some of the large industrial houses (domestic and global) and top financial institutions. Our central bank is one of the most trusted regulators,” said Manjeet Kripalani, co-founder and executive director of Mumbai-based think-tank Gateway House. “Also, the city has the oldest stock exchange in the world and a commodity market in place.” The city can also boast of a huge port, she added, and is perfectly placed in terms of time zone between the east and west.

Crumbling streets

But Mumbai must do more. It needs to carry out large sweeping reforms on three frontsits business environment, infrastructure and governance—if it wants to be considered as a true rival to other global financial hubs.

“One important consideration for the Indian government is to improve the general infrastructure and liveability factor of the city of Mumbai,” said Russell Gaitonde from Deloitte India, adding that these “softer” issues are important for Indian and foreign nationals who live and work in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. “The city’s infrastructure is crumbling, and the quality of life in the city is poor.” The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index (2019) ranked Mumbai at 119 out of 140 cities, based on health care, stability, infrastructure, education, culture and environment.

Pothole-filled roads with heavy traffic and poor urban planning are some of its most unappealing features; these have been a key concern for more than a decade. A committee set up by the government in 2007 made it clear that the city needs to fix these problems if it has any chance of becoming a major global center.

Not taking centre stage

The committee’s recommendations for upgrading Mumbai were never followed and it ended up losing a planned international financial service centre (IFSC) to another state in India. As well as Mumbai’s problems, politics also played a pivotal role: the IFSC is now in Gujarat, prime minister’s Narendra Modi’s home state.

Mumbai should have been the natural choice. “Financial services groups would prefer to set up their IFSC businesses in Mumbai, which is the financial capital of India and where most financial services groups have existing business operations,” Gaitonde said. “It would also be easier to convince Indian professionals who currently work in global financial services centers to move back to India and settle in Mumbai.”

Tax reform

Beside upgrading infrastructure, Mumbai needs to provide more incentives for global businesses. With its ease of doing business and lower taxation, Hong Kong has been a safe haven for finance professionals and global funds. It’s proximity to the fast-growing Chinese economy also gave it an edge. India’s complicated tax system has always been a problem, by contrast.

While Singapore would be their favorite destination, Mumbai can throw its hat in the ring to get a share of the $91 billion worth assets managed by fund houses in Hong Kong. But for this to happen, the Indian government has to usher in reforms to woo global funds.

Apart from lowering and simplifying taxation, the India’s currency is inflexible. Currently, there are certain restrictions on buying foreign financial assets like shares and properties by converting the rupee into other currencies and vice versa. “Full capital convertibility should be achieved within a time-bound period of the next 18-24 months and by no later than the end of calendar 2008,” the panel’s report had said in 2007.

These kinds of sweeping reforms aren’t easy in India and haven’t been achieved yet, but Hong Kong’s problems may be the incentive that Mumbai needs.

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An Old Fan Favorite Will Replace Kourtney Kardashian on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Keeping Up With the Kardashians hasn’t been on for a while, but there are only a few more weeks until the resumption of the show. The program was halted in the middle of season 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but E! News reports that it is set to return in September.

This season, however, might look slightly different than its predecessors, as Kourtney Kardashian has decided to spend less time in front of cameras. As a key member, fans have been wondering how it will hold up without her. But with a fan favorite set to return, we’re thinking it’ll be just fine.

Scott Disick, Rob Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner, and Kendall Jenner
Scott Disick, Rob Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner, and Kendall Jenner on the red carpet in December 2011 | Steven Lawton/FilmMagic

Rob Kardashian’s appearances on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ will increase

His sister Khloé Kardashian shared the news in a recent interview on SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up. She had been talking about what’s in store for the remainder of season 18 when she said, “My brother’s coming back around. He’s feeling more confident and comfortable. I think he just started a whole new season, so here we go!”

She added to People on July 16: “We’re filming more within our homes, and he is right there with us. I’m excited for everyone to see that. He’s such a good person and I’m just happy he’s coming back around on camera a little bit more.”

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Rob Kardashian’s history on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ explained

Kardashian was a regular cast member after the show’s 2007 debut and was adored by fans, lauded for his intellect, quirky sense of humor, and antics with his family. But after dealing with various personal struggles, he began to distance himself from the public eye. His appearances on the show also became scarce before ceasing altogether.

But as he worked through his issues, Kardashian started popping up more in public, making several appearances in 2019 at family events. He was most recently seen at Khloé’s 36th birthday party back in June, where he was in all smiles.

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Kourtney Kardashian will now take the backseat

Khloé also told People that Kourtney isn’t in “most” of the remaining episodes in season 18.

Amid criticism about her work ethic, the Poosh founder announced in November 2019 that she had decided to step back to spend more time with her three children: Mason, 10, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 5, whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick.

“I have been filming the show non-stop for 14 years… I was feeling unfulfilled and it became a toxic environment for me to continue to have it occupy as much of my life as it was,” she explained in the July-August issue of Vogue Arabia.

She continued, “Privacy is something I have come to value, and finding that balance of private moments with being on a reality show is hard. People have this misconception that I don’t want to work, which isn’t true. I am following my happiness and putting my energy into that which makes me happy.”

As she steps back, Kardashian “seems very excited [to return],” according to a People source. “He’s ready to be back in the spotlight and he actually seems to look forward to being on the show again.”

Remember, the show is supposed to return in September, so fans will get to see more of them then.

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