Giovanni wrote:I need to buy one of those NAS too, it would be nice to have something running a Linux instance so I can use rsync and also have a subversion server at home.
I have a synology DS1511+, it's gnu/linux based and you can add synology maintained package, svn is part of the free offer. You can even add third party package from the entware ecosystem. I don't know other brands like QNAP, but they are probably linux based too.
Before that, i had a dedicated pc to do the job, but NAS are more robust, they are built to last, hard disk and electronic are under temperature control, and it's very easy to maintain : there is nothing to do, NAS autoload update and apply them when there is no client connected.
When disk fault, there is nothing to dismount, they are in a bay that can be extracted without tools and without stopping the device.
And yes, they should be powered from an UPS, i have link my UPS and NAS with usb cable and the NAS immediately recognise the UPS and is programmed to shutdown properly when battery goes below 30%. You can do the same with a debian based dedicated PC, but you will have to fight a little bit with configuration files.