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  1. I wrote a message, and got a timeout.... HDD -> Might slow it down too RAM -> Not enough. DDR PC3200 is cheap even if you want ECC. ZFS on FreeBSD 7 -> You must tweak your FreeBSD and you need more RAM. AMD64 is more reliable than i386. See wiki entries 'tuning' and 'errors' at FreeBSD wiki http://wiki.freebsd.org/ZFS
  2. The price comes with support. FreeBSD itself has good ZFS support, especially if you run FreeBSD7/AMD64 and tweak it a bit to use more RAM. It lacks some of the latest ZFS features though. The OP prefers GUI, but insists on ZFS. Strange IMO. In that case I really suggest the OP learns the ZFS internals and commands. That way it is easier to deal with problems should they arise. So NexentaOS (not the appliance) would be an option. The user can even install it with a desktop environment. He can also just use Leopard and use the 3rd party ZFS read/write kernel module; this works as well, and the user then has familiar UI. But, its not a real product supported by Apple. The FUSE ZFS port has been stable, its also used by Sun. But again... no real support. Configuring LVM2 with Ext3 (or Ext4) is also easy, and the software RAID5 is proven. The nice thing of ZFS is that stuff like iSCSI, NFS4 and CIFS is in the kernel and ZFS commands. This is easy to learn. If you're going to run a GUI on top of it though the difference with a non-ZFS solution becomes less. Unless you want versioning; then a versioning FS or Time Machine is useful. While GEOM_RAID5 is not officially in FreeBSD it is very fast, and reported stable. If you want to be really sure and run ZFS the only solution is to run Solaris or maybe OpenSolaris with support contract. If its just for play, ZFS runs fine on any of the above OSes and off-site backups take care in case of disaster.
  3. Personally, I'm using 4x Samsung 1 TB with Areca hardware RAID5 with Debian as (file)server. It also runs some 24/7 applications, and even has HVM ready. It also allows remote login via SSH, RS232, and NX/RDP/VNC allowing other devices such as phone or Mac to function as thin client. Because some of the 24/7 applications are file sharing related I don't spin down my disks. The hardware RAID has never let me down on FreeBSD or Debian. On Solaris the drivers didn't work; I'm pretty sure they work now though. It is important to have the correct firmware for your harddisks (and possibly, other hardware), and it is important to have offsite backups. RAID is _not_ a backup solution. If you don't use hardware RAID you won't use staggered start up so when you'll need a (more) powerful power supply. There are many things to optimize for. Silence, performance, electricity, cost... My goal has been to get a silent quad-core system with 4 GB RAM allowing further function than merely NAS or SAN. Its relatively cool as well, and its friendly on the electricity bill. However the hardware RAID and the hardware required for offsite backups was not cheap. For the rest, its just off the shelf AMD hardware (cheaper than Intel). However, I believe for most people JBOD + 1 offsite backup is more than good enough. A dedicated server, low-cost embedded hardware (Jetway or something) purely for NAS or SAN is probably the most cheap and versatile solution. This is easier than all-in-one because it allows more physical flexibility, and if done right it doesn't cost much more while still also silent and providing good performance. For ease of use, a Time Capsule might be good enough for a Mac user but this is pricey if you look at it purely from feature point of view. For NAS/SAN I don't see the advantages of OSX over Debian or FreeBSD. Its also not easy to keep a hackintosh up2date. Combined with RAID it would provide redundancy. True, but one might as well not do such. ZFS does work on Linux with FUSE. The performance is not as good as on Solaris or FreeBSD; but it works. So if you're in an emergency this is an option. Very good question. Or FreeNAS (FreeBSD-based with GEOM_RAID5). Or Nexenta (Solaris + APT; ZFS). Or FreeBSD 7 (GEOM_RAID5 or ZFS). Stuff like iTunes server can be hosted on these fileservers as well.
  4. Also a ThinkPad R61 here. Don't know which type. It has dual-core T8100. Used XxX 10.5.6 default install options. What works: * Partitioned default SATA HDD into 2 pieces; 1 for TimeMachine. TimeMachine worked after IOPCMCIAFamily.kext (the 10.5.6 only) (for Ricoh?) for Leopard and internal ethernet NIC works (BCM5787M; must grab this, TP version, from 0xfeedbeef.com). Must put it in promisc mode; must assign it as en1 because WiFi is already en0. * WiFi works (replaced IWL3945 with an Atheros supported by IBM/Lenovo BIOS; these are a bit more expensive though). * Sound works with AD1984 by Turbo. * AHCI recognized and works (ICH8). * DVD recognized, probably burns and plays CDs and such. * Intel X3100 recognized out of box, with hardware rendering. * VGA output on Samsung SyncMaster works. * Printer works over network with Samba (with USB or BlueTooth untested). Scanning also untested; VueScan probably works. * BlueTooth works after first reboot; tethering with Nokia E-series worked. * Battery recognized when I installed with EFI support (this is not default option). * USB keyboard and mouse work, but would have prefered to bind mouse4 or mouse5 to Expose or something (am used to Mighty Mouse) * iTunes with iPod Touch 2nd gen works. * Software Update worked flawless. USB hub works. ZyDAS USB worked before; now untested. RTL (8189?) USB untested (did not work on Linux). RaLink RT61 CB doesn't work although CB recognized. ExpressCard (with PCTV for DVB-T) and rest of 6-in-1 is not recognized (on Advanced Dock?). SD untested. Fingerprint untested (insecure {censored} anyway). Touchpad untested (disabled in BIOS; Synaptics pointing device works great). ZFS untested. Mounting HFS+ from Linux kernel 2.6.27 worked (read-only?). Windows Vista untested...
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    The driver on http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Home/Support/Macintosh.html (faster mirror: http://rs288.rapidshare.com/files/11875746...5.x_Drivers.rar ) contain 2 drivers: a universal RT2860 and a PPC-only RT61. To find out your type of Ralink chipset see http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Hardware