It will be good with a NAS version of Ubuntu server. a Ubuntu version of FreeNAS. The problemet with FreeNAS is that it runs on OpenBSD platform and not Linux. There is no distributions of LINUX with target the NAS marked.
Correction: FreeNAS runs on FreeBSD (thus the Free).
I'm a little confused, are you asking for a version of Ubuntu specifically designed for NAS use (as the title and rationale suggest), or an easy NAS package installation during install time (like the LAMP stack currently has)?
Also, your rationale fails to show a deficiency or problem with the current setup. Is the NAS software too difficult to install, is there no web insterface in the repos, etc?
wrote on the 17 Apr 12 at 16:09
Ubuntu normally does not create new distros. Instead, it occasionally adopts unofficial community efforts. So the best advice is 'go create it'. There are also intermediate measures for smaller customization like meta-packages and individual packages.
I would also like to point out that NFS (the actual networking part of NAS) on ubuntu is very well documented and there are MANY easy to follow tutorials on setting it up. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo for the "official" setup guide.
If you need additional tools for your NAS (cli is already available), there are various web-browser accessible front-ends that can do everything from reporting disk usage to failure reports, etc. Many of these things can also be e-mailed to any address you like by setting up cron-jobs.
Please be more specific about WHAT you feel is missing from the current ubuntu distribution to make NAS easy to set up.
wrote on the 20 Apr 12 at 14:36
Approving for 30 days to gauge community interest in a NAS-specific metapackage or remix (or port).
This should still be a community-led project.
Solution #1 is essentially "Just do it," and is much too vague to be useful. Solutions should focus on how to solve the problem, in small enough pieces that a community team can handle it. There seem like a lot of possible solutions: Package Amahi, other unpackaged existing projects, a metapackage of existing tools, etc.
Please stick to community-doable (3-5 volunteers), realistic solutions. Solutions that assume a lot of developer time, or that duplicate existing resources, or require Canonical to invest, are probably unrealistic.