The one feature I’ve waited for ever since I learned about Ubuntu is support for BIOS raid, aka software RAID. Back in the days when Linux only came in flavors like RedHat, Mandrake, and SUSE hardware setups were actually very straight forward and simple in comparison to the options we have today. Most motherboards these days have support for RAID arrays at the BIOS level. Unfortunately, Ubuntu hasn’t supported it right out the box. It is in fact possible to install it in such setup, but it’s a rather complicated process and not exactly a process suitable for Linux beginners, like me. However, it seems they’ve made it a priority to support DmRaid out of the box in the next iteration of Ubuntu, version 8.10 code named Intrepid.
Notice the priority given to this feature. This is one of the only 13 items given high priority so far and I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure that, like me, there are a lot of people out there eager to install an alternative to Windows on their PCs and this feature reflects the fact that BIOS RAIDs are becomming too common to ignore. Of course, I could’ve tried the latest version of openSUSE which looks awesome, apparently performs faster, AND supports DmRaid but I think I’ll wait it out.