Is there any Linux distributions that can detect my SATA raid setup and offer a easiy installation on it? Simple as in the normal partition screens that you see in Linux installations (I have installed Ubuntu and Fedora Core 5 before).
I have just built a new computer with two SATA II discs which I configured as a raid0 array with the motherboard's SATA raid bios. The SATA controller is a Intel ICH8.
Then I booted Windows XP, loaded the SATA raid drivers that came with the motherboard, partitioned the raid like this:
25 GB Windows partition
25 GB empty partition (I want to put linux here)
+ a third partition with the remaining disk space
Installation went fine and Windows XP is working great.
Then I tried to install Ubuntu (ubuntu-6.10-desktop-amd64.iso), first to discover the normal install cd didn't support SATA raid controllers, so i downloaded the alternative cd ubuntu-6.10-alternate-amd64.iso which supports "LVM and/or RAID partitioning".
After trying it out and finding out it didnt autodetect the current raid etc, i found this document: http://www.ubuntu-in.org/wiki/SATA_RAID_Howto
It sure looks quite possible to get the setup that I want. But that ammount of configuration scares me alot, since I am not very good at Linux.
Slightly off topic, but I read the other day that Windows Vista supported several SATA raid controllers out of the box.