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[Debian Installer] Experimental support for Serial ATA RAID (dmraid)



(Please reply to debian-boot@lists.debian.org.)

The Debian Installer team is happy to announce that daily built images
of Debian Installer (for Lenny) now include experimental support for 
installing Debian on systems configured with Serial ATA RAID [1], as 
supported in Linux by using the dmraid utility.

The support is experimental because
- it has not yet had very much testing;
- only the GRUB bootloader installer supports it, which effectively limits
  support to i386 and amd64;
- dmraid devices are currently not really supported by either libparted
  (partitioning) or any bootloaders; the current support in the installer
  works around this, but this results in some limitations in usability.

Users are invited to test this new feature of the installer.
Installation instructions and an overview of limitations can be found on 
the Debian Installer Wiki [2]. Please read that page carefully.
Installer and CD images are available from [3]; you will need one of 
the "daily built" images.
Please report any issues by filing an installation report [4].

The support for Serial ATA RAID is scheduled to be included in the first 
Beta release of the installer for Lenny.

On behalf of the Debian Installer team,
Frans Pop

[1] To confuse the general public, this is also referred to as ATA RAID, 
BIOS RAID, fake RAID and software RAID, as well as a number of vendor 
specific terms such as "Intel Matrix Storage".
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/SataRaid
[3] http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
[4] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch05s03.html#submit-bug

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