> After the split, I stayed with NAS4free (now called XigmaNAS) mostly due to painless upgrade from old, no longer supported FreeNAS installation.
You know what, that is a good point, and I think I should have a proper look at XigmaNAS.
I tried it briefly in a VM and I found its setup procedure not merely difficult but inscrutable, but TBH, I never looked at FreeNAS back in the day.
I have told iXsystems that by not supporting installation directly onto a USB key, they are alienating their old FreeNAS users. *Everyone* I know who used FreeNAS ran this way. But iXsystems do not seem to get it or understand that it's important.