So, I currently have a FreeNAS Mini XL from iXsystems.
It specs out as follows:
Intel Atom Octo-Core 2.4ghz Processor
32 gb ECC Memory
60gb SSD (for OS)
4x3TB WD Drives in RaidZ1 config (roughly 8.1 GB of storage)
4x4TB WD Drives in RaidZ1 config (roughly 10.8 GB of storage)
What I’ve been debating about is getting rid of FreeNAS and installing a Linux Server (probably Ubuntu since 19.10 will have some pretty easy ZFS for it).
I want to use this box as more than just a File Server, and I don’t feel comfortable with FreeNAS for anything other than a file server.
Some of the things I’m looking to do are:
internal web server
a few self-hosting containers
setting up a python instance to go through my data for various things (possibly setting up some DBs)
emby or some other media server for Kodi
While I’ve been a linux user for quite a while, I really haven’t done any server administration at all, so I’m figuring I’m going to need to learn either FreeNAS or Linux, but Linux has more things to teach, and I feel a better outside usable skill set.
So I’m just getting opinions (or maybe some why’s I should do this, or some good why’s I shouldn’t do this from folks who are much more knowledgeable than I.