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Who is making the decisions about what
to include in the Fedora distributions? I have noticed Ever since at least Fedora
10 and maybe sooner you have had to jump through various hoops to get SCSI and
RAID controllers to operate properly.
Does the Fedora project have a lot of people
unaware of the enterprise part of computing as far as the hardware layer is
concerned? I’m trying to do a simple
base installation on an HP DL580 with a smart array and I have tried the
suggestions on Fedora’s kernel issue page @ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_kernel_problems
but still I’m unable to get Fedora 16 to recognize the RADI/SCSI controller on
my DL580. Every other Distribution I have tried without any alterations to the
boot parameters recognize the devices without fail and also pick up on the
current custom LVM partitioning I have setup so I can
preserve the data on those partitions to save me having to restore after boot!
I really have been a Fedora fan
since its inception and Red Hat going back to the really early versions in
early to mid ’90’s but I really don’t want to have to insert or exclude certain
kernel drivers or parameters for fresh install all of the time when other distributions
of Linux like Ubuntu & Centos, see the devices in question right away
without any further action from myself! I have other things to worry about like
rebuilding my web sites, studying up on new software/hardware, fishing, etc..,
don’t make me have to jump through hoops just to see standard hardware other Linux
distro plans for!
Time to expand my horizons and check out the other Linux distributions to save my precious time which is the reason I have always used Fedora it used to save me time hunting down drivers/software etc..!
Okay after blowing off some steam I did finally get the Fedora 16 install to recognize my Smart Array on my DL580 by sspeciffying the following as boot options during the install: “linux noprobe acpi=noirq askmethod”. I then selected SmartArray2 and presto I can see my drives!
Credit due to old post on Linux forums though I do recall doing this before I had not recalled it until seeing this post: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/cannot-install-scsi-driver-for-compaq-smart-array-in-fedora-core-v-438887/
I did this after installing Centos and looking around it for a while. I just really like the glob of software that I get with Fedora. I have discovered so many helpful programs with Fedora its addictive and hard to give up even with some of the install issues I have had to work around with what seems to be a devalued view of some SCSI/RAID/SAS controller cards or maybe I’m missing the maintainers vision. I will still be playing with Centos since it mirrors so enterprise Red Hat so closely which I see in the work place so much but without the cost. I will also play further with Ubuntu & OpenSUSE to get familiar with those distributions software they package with.