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There are a few distros dedicated to being a NAS (e.g., FreeNAS and OMV). What advantages do these types of distros provide for use in a SOHO environment over a typical customized server install of BSD/Linux.

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Maintenance costs. Especially if you are not very familiar with Linux administration. NAS distributions will contain all needed packages out of the box, and also usually will have a web interface for easy configuration.

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