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I own a bananapro computer and I want to set up a NAS on it. I have already tried samba, but I don't like it very much. Is there alternative software for Debian, that would work with Mac? Windows compatibility would be nice as well, but not needed.
I'd also like to keep the Debian, that is installed there, if possible.

  • Maybe search for FreeNAS. It us based on BSD but a great NAS OS. – user149441 Feb 12 '16 at 6:30
  • FreeBSD is lacking into support of ARM devices, much less having FreeNAS for that. – Rui F Ribeiro Feb 12 '16 at 8:37
  • I have looked at those dedicated nas OSes, but I didn't find any, that would be arm compatible – fulaphex Feb 12 '16 at 16:11
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The Unix and Linux NFS (Network File System) works with all Unix and Linux systems, including Mac OS X and is the native method of sharing file systems between Unix and Linux systems.

The common procedure of setting up NFS on Debian is well documented and well known.

Mac OS X contains GUI tools for mounting remote NFS directories, as well as the full suite of native NFS administrative command line utilities.

NFS clients exist for Windows, but you may want to consider temporarily enabling Samba in the event you have a Windows client.

References:

The Debian Administrator's Handbook, Section 11.4. NFS File Server

Debian Wiki NFS Server Setup page.

Apple Technical Whitepaper Autofs: Automatically Mounting Network File Shares in Mac OS X

serverfault.com Question: Are there any free NFS clients for Windows 7?

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