Ideas for low-cost, low-power ZFS box: ZFS for the masses!

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  • sanoid

    Policy-driven snapshot management and replication tools. Using ZFS for underlying next-gen storage. (Btrfs support plans are shelved unless and until btrfs becomes reliable.) Primarily intended for Linux, but BSD use is supported and reasonably frequently tested.

    As far as performance, it frankly doesn't need much. It needs to store data securely, and slowly serve up files on occasion. Data on devices that really matters will get backed up in an automated way to them. The idea is to be robust, not to be speedy. Finally I want them to be able to send/receive between nodes. (Again, if you haven't checked out sanoid and syncoid, give them a look. We use them at work and they're awesome. I'm thinking I'll likely set up an OpenVPN or WireGuard server for the remote machines to connect to, so no pi's are exposed directly to the internet. Also, remote machines can be basically zero-config once they are connected to a lan with internet access.)

  • linux

    Kernel source tree for Raspberry Pi-provided kernel builds. Issues unrelated to the linux kernel should be posted on the community forum at (by raspberrypi)

    2) Unreliable USB-SATA, even if you can live without TRIM, and use spinning rust drives, the adapters I've tested suffer from USB resets under heavy load. (Large data transfers approaching Gigabit speeds. I can't tell if this is faulty hardware, or USB driver bugs. Workarounds include disable UAS and using usb-storage drivers..but in my experience sometimes even that suffers from the USB resets

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  • zfs

    OpenZFS on Linux and FreeBSD

    One last thing, don't try running swap on the ZFS until this is fixed

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