The best open source networking software: 2010

InfoWorld's Test Center picks the top open source networking software and administration tools of 2010

By Doug Dineley, James R. Borck, Martin Heller, Paul Venezia, High Mobley, InfoWorld |  Open Source, NAS, network monitoring

Bossie 2010 winner: FreeNAS

FreeNAS is a network attached storage server based on FreeBSD. It supports pretty much every file-sharing protocol you can think of -- CIFS (Samba), NFS, HTTP, FTP, TFTP, AFP, iSCSI -- and the GUI is not only functional but also quite polished. You can squeeze FreeNAS onto a 64MB flash drive, boot it in as little as 256MB of RAM, and have it up and running in a basic configuration in a matter of minutes. Throw a few hard drives into a decommissioned server, and you can pack a whole lot of data on a FreeNAS box with minimal effort.

License: BSD License

The Bossies 2010 index:
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source software of the year
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source applications
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source application development software
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source platforms and middleware
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source networking software

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