If you replace "raid5" with "redundancy and n-1 capacity" then you could
also look at geom_raid3, which is much simpler to configure than gvinum
and slower with random reads.
if he needs it for large files, then it's excellent.
and also part of the base system. Additionally, FreeBSD 7.x has
experimental support for ZFS (again in the base system and not in ports).
That includes raidz, which is designed to have all of the good features
of raid5 and none of the bad.
it gives performance of raid3 rather than raid5.
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