Ubuntu Intrepid is racing toward Beta Freeze, scheduled for 25 September 2008.
I've been working hard on getting software RAID to work a bit better on the Ubuntu Server. I'd appreciate any testing assistance the Ubuntu Community can offer.
This work focused on 3 main areas..
- Enhancing the initramfs to allow booting on a degraded RAID. The user can now specify that preference in one of several ways:
- permanently in a configuration file, see: dpkg-reconfigure mdadm
- as a kernel boot parameter, bootdegraded=true
- interactively in the initramfs shell, Do you want to boot degraded [y/N]:
- Enhancing grub to install multiple MBRs, one actively sync'd disk in a mirror
- in the installer, grub-installer
- and in a running os, grub-install
- Adding a question to the Ubuntu Server installer, when it detects that you have installed / or /boot onto a RAID device to prompt the user for their desired behavior, booting degraded or not
Ubuntu Intrepid Alpha 6 will be released in a few days (18 September 2008) containing all of this new functionality, and I would appreciate any assistance testing those server ISO's! Once they are built, you can download them from:
File any bugs you find against grub, grub-installer, initramfs-tools, or mdadm, and subscribe kirkland to them.