I've been meaning to share the new addition to my homelab setup for a while now but just never got around to it. It's a beast that's definitely overkill but I wanted to play around and future proof as much as possible.
It initially started as a project to replace my old 2-bay Synology NAS. I needed an upgrade, storage wise, but I also wanted to switch to ZFS, and since Synology doesn't support ZFS I knew I'd have to build my own rig. That in turn meant I needed to figure out what I was going to install on the thing. Initially I looked at openmediavault but it didn't seem to support ZFS at the time (I don't know if this is still true). Then I looked at FreeNAS as they were going through their rebranding to TrueNAS - but I was weary about switching to FreeBSD at the time. I wanted something that I knew well (Linux) and that I can easily customize. Before you mention TrueNAS Scale (which is Linux based) it wasn't ready at the time1 and I was hesitant about all the cruft that comes pre-installed with it (my main issue with Synology). I guess I wanted to install and configure stuff my way when I need it.