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Best Answer elan, 30 April 2013 - 04:20 AM

If you have a PlexPass, you can check out our experimental release for FreeBSD 9.1 (amd64) in the PlexPass area ~ http://forums.plexap...er-for-freebsd/

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#141 balky

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:26 AM

Or check out http://www.nas4free.org/ which is basically the old Freenas running on FreeBSD 9 :)

 

In preparation for the plex media server port to BSD, I installed nas4free as a vmware guest barely two weeks ago to see how it performs...

The network card and IBM1015 controller were passed through to the virtual machine.

The VM also had 10G of RAM and 3 cores assigned to it...

 

I must confess, the performance was completely hopeless...

 

It started off with a download speed of 8MB/s on my jumbo frames enabled gigabit LAN and after tweaking all the ZFS performance parameters available on the net, the speed increased to about 14.5MB/s. 

 

This was quite disgusting...

I am definitely not installing nas4free...



#142 rami.bachar@gmail.com

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:24 PM

Finally the best media server on the best open source OS with ZFS  ,Waiting for this for a long time.

 

Not running on freenas/nas4free is not a big issue for me as long as it runs on FreeBSD 9.1

 

Great Job from plex as allways !!!!!! 



#143 spheniscidae

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:54 PM

Sorry, not sure i follow. What disclaimer?

Assuming the PlexPass holders find it works well, we will make it available for everyone at that point :)

 

How long (approx) will that take?


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#144 balky

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 11:28 AM

How long (approx) will that take?

 

Sometime... and maybe... sometimeS... :D



#145 xkcdfan

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:44 PM

Interesting thread....I'm suddenly interested in Plex after reading this :-

http://www.google.co...fsiQmTARBk1XqhA

This hack may result in a significant increase in the numbers of people wanting PMS for FreeNAS/FreeBSD. Personally, I can't wait for FreeNAS 9.1 to be released so I can try this out!

#146 kingtj

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:43 PM

Just wanted to chime in here, because the only reason I came back to this forum today was with the realization that Plex server was now available for a number of NAS solutions (Synology, QNAP, etc.) and I got excited about the idea it might get released in a version compatible with FreeNAS too.

 

It looks like it's definitely a possibility, if I just wait for the new FreeNAS running FreeBSD 9 and give people a little time to package up the FreeBSD build of Plex.

 

I really enjoyed using Plex Server in the past, when I dedicated an older Mac Pro tower to the purpose. But I've long since sold that machine, and in my new (smaller) place I'm renting, just don't have the room to run multiple machines to handle both Plex and my data backup server. All my movies and video reside on my FreeNAS server today -- but the uPnP streaming plugin is all but worthless for me, since my devices need on the fly transcoding to do reliable playback.

 

I already bought a copy of Plex (client) for my Sony GoogleTV, so it would be great to be able to use it again.....  

 

(I saw the recent heated debate here on how many people would actually want Plex as a plug-in for a FreeNAS.  I can't speak to the numbers, except to say that I've been using FreeNAS for a while now and IMO, it really wasn't ready for "prime time" until very recently. I think it's reaching the point where you can actually just burn the ISO installation image for the average user, have them boot from it with a USB stick in the system as the install destination, and get it up and running. Not that long ago, this seemed to always result in post-installation issues such as bugs in the web GUI preventing people from getting things configured correctly. Failed drives resulted in a need to research the forums and do complex command line commands to get replacement driving rebuilding correctly. Just not quite friendly enough for mass adoption.) But now it's really a viable option for more people....   I think the availability of Plex Server for it will only drive more adoption.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:12 PM

Man, can't wait to get this for FreeBSD. I've been desperate to kick Linux to the curb for a year now. Plex will finally let me do that. Thanks Plex devs!



#148 misterredman

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:35 PM

Really good news to hear there will be a PMS version for FreeBSD. :) Many other NAS4free users will be happy to use plex as a media server.

 

 

I currently use NAS4Free and to host Plex Media Server I had to install it in a virtual machine with Ubuntu (it's definitely working fine that way).

 

As soon as it will be available to everyone I will give it a try!

 

Maybe we can make a jail package so that it will be much easier to install.



#149 litfan

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:41 PM

Can anyone tell me if I sign up for a plexpass and download this, will it stop working when my plexpass runs out?



#150 Mark Walker

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:50 PM

Can anyone tell me if I sign up for a plexpass and download this, will it stop working when my plexpass runs out?


I don't believe it would. Elan would no for 100%, but I don't think the PMS releases are tied to PlexPass as PHT is.

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#151 litfan

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:23 PM

I don't believe it would. Elan would no for 100%, but I don't think the PMS releases are tied to PlexPass as PHT is.

/Mark

 

Thanks Mark. Not that I dont want to support Plex, I just dont have a use for Plexpass right now. I'd love to get Plex going on my server though so I am happy to kick in a month to support the project and get access to the FreeBSD package.



#152 elan

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:59 AM

Mark is correct. It will still work, but your karma will be reduced infinitesimally.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:39 PM

Mark is correct. It will still work, but your karma will be reduced infinitesimally.

 

Hehe, Thanks Elan. Please thank everyone involved with the FreeBSD port for me






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