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1. Link 3-4 nodes to an old pentium laptop which is to be used as a server
2. Support for NTFS , FAT32 and ext3/4 FS
3. share Printer and assign an IP to it for using it independently from any node
4. Good Power management features since it is going to be on 24*7..If it is unused , very minimum power should be used.
5.Ability to stream Media
7. Remote power off
8 .No damage to the existing data in win and linux (. I suspect you have to add a ufs volume in Free NAS and start it from USB (bootable device) ...Since my old pentium is a laptop , after installation of ufs in one partition , can i use the OS in some other partition in laptop..ie , use network when you want else plug it off and use it as a normal laptop.
Suggestion - Free NAS fits the bill , but I guess I have to introduce another file system into it (ufs/Zfs) ...Zfs is not feasible for me , as I have average specs and do not have the 6GB RAM or so specified for ZFS...I have also read that ufs and zfs are not upto the mark when compared to Linux file systems (ext4)...(2) Learning curve effect of BSD..With great difficulty I am now somewhat familiar with Linux terminology , I do not want to go thru this afresh in a BSD environment (ad0 instead of hd0 and so on!
I do not want to struggle learning a new set of commands