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Rockstor is a specialist CentOS-based Linux distribution designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and private cloud storage solutions. It is based on popular open-source technologies, such as the Btrfs file system and Docker for automating the deployment of applications inside software containers. In addition to standard NAS features like file sharing via NFS, Samba, SFTP and AFP, advanced features such as online volume management, CoW Snapshots, asynchronous replication, compression, and bitrot protection are also supported. Rockstor provides additional applications, including ownCloud, Syncthing, OpenVPN and Plex. These applications (called "Rock-ons") are powered by a Docker-based application hosting framework. The Rockstor user interface, written in JavaScript, makes it simple to manage the server from within a web browser.

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 3 review(s).

Rockstor Summary
Distribution Rockstor
Home Page http://rockstor.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.rockstor.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://rockstor.com/docs/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts YouTube
Download Mirrors http://rockstor.com/download.html
Bug Tracker https://github.com/rockstor/rockstor-core/issues
Related Websites  
Where To Buy http://shop.rockstor.com/

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2017-07-03: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.9.1
 • 2017-03-22: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.9.0
 • 2016-11-09: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8.15
 • 2016-06-20: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-14
 • 2016-01-23: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-11
 • 2015-12-12: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-10
 • 2015-10-29: Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-9
 • More Rockstor releases...

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Feature 3.9.2-9
Release Date 2017-12-27
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 791-791
Free Download ISO
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop --
Package Management RPM
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs
Multilingual en
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List  
Package 3.9.2-9
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.2.1) 1.1.1
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.2
bind (9.15.5) --
chromium (78.0.3904.97) --
cups (2.3.0) --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.2.5
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.42.9
firefox (70.0.1) --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.4.11
gcc (9.2.0) --
gimp (2.10.14) --
glibc (2.30) 2.17
gnome-shell (3.34.1) --
gnucash (3.7) --
gnumeric (1.12.46) --
grub (2.04) 2.02beta
gtk (3.24.12) --
httpd (2.4.41) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.08.3) --
kmod (26) 20
krita (  
libreoffice (6.3.3) --
linux (5.3.11) 4.10.6
Package 3.9.2-9
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.10) --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) --
mesa (19.2.4) 11.2.2
mysql (8.0.18) --
nautilus (3.34.1) --
NVIDIA (440.31) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (13) --
openssh (8.1p1) 6.6p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.1e
perl (5.30.1) 5.16.3
php (7.3.11) --
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) --
postfix (3.4.7) 2.10.1
postgresql (12.1) 9.2.18
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.5
qt (5.13.2) --
samba (4.11.2) 4.4.4
systemd (243) 219
thunderbird (68.2.2) --
vim (8.1) 7.4
vlc (3.0.8) --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) --
xorg-server (1.20.5) --

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Version: 3.9.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-05
Votes: 8

Finally a Linux based NAS solution that beats BSD's freeNAS in every aspect.
Well done Rockstor! I love your pricing model as well. Support and Stable Updates can be purchased for a very fair price. If you dont want to spend money its ok too just use the community updates. Love the product!
If rockstor would sell a home NAS box I would buy that right away just to throw some cash your way!

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Version: 3.9.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-08
Votes: 9

Documentation is very good, but I would have it organized somewhat differently. That's basically what makes this a 9/10 instead of 10/10, for me.

I guess it's like CentOS with the newer Fedora kernel (good approach for a btrfs-based OS, which benefits from newer kernels, and as a heavy Fedora user, I see no problem with the approach).

Simple one-click docker container deployments. Dead simple SAMBA. Once you understand just a few things highlighted nicely in their documentation, you'll find it's remarkably easy and intuitive to navigate. The dashboard is brilliant.

I am *really* enjoying this OS, and I've run FreeNAS, OpenMediaVault, and other popular NAS-type OSes. Not sure a plex deployment could be any simpler and yet so rubust (btrfs).

I don't see myself changing anytime soon. Even bought the Rockstor shirt from their shop today to show some love!

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Version: 3.8.16
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-03-20
Votes: 3

I've been running this for over one year, stable with no problems.

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