GnuBee: Personal blobfree NAS/Cloud server for hackers

GnuBee is a personal NAS (Network Attached Storage) cloud server that is currently being funded on Crowd Supply. It is a low-cost, low-power, NAS device that runs GNU/Linux and it is claimed to be based on free, libre, and open source software. No proprietary drivers needed to use GnuBee.
From the project home page:

We designed the GnuBee Personal Cloud 1 with the Free Software Foundation’s Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification in mind and have already initiated the application process with FSF. The GnuBee Personal Cloud 1 is 100% free of binary blobs. Check out this campaign update to see some of the backstory of how this is possible.

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Hardware specifications

  1. CPU MediaTek MT7621A – dual core, multi thread – 880 MHz, overclockable to 1.2 GHz
  2. 512 MB DDR3 RAM
  3. microSD card slot
  4. 6 x 2.5″ drives for NAS
  5. Software Linux RAID 0/1/10 support
  6. 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  7. 1 x USB 3.0 port
  8. 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  9. Serial port
  10. Supported software : Debian Linux, openmediavault, LEDE, and libreCMC.
GnuBee Personal Cloud 1
GnuBee Personal Cloud 1 (TOP view)
GnuBee Personal Cloud 1
GnuBee Personal Cloud 1
GB-PC1 main board
GB-PC1 main board
openmediavault nas os
openmediavault nas os


Comparison with commercial NAS server from Qnap and Synology

Here is a quick comparison with Qnap TS-431 and Synology DS416slim NAS server:


The project is great. The price is reasonable, and the device is fully hackable. I hope someone can port FreeBSD or OpenBSD Unix operating system to this device as well. I hope it works out and they get funded. Please note that only last two days left for funding. For more information visit project’s Crowd Supply page here.


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