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What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?

Ubuntu, Redhat Enterprise, and their derivatives are all we need
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Suse
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Arch Linux
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Offline Brahim

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What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:20:33 pm »
Linux distributions support for Transparent RAID

Transparent RAID for Linux is being release with official support for:
- Ubuntu Linux 14 LTS 64 bit and its derivatives (including Linux Mint 17 (Qiana) 64 bit)
- Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 and its derivatives (including CentOS 7)

What other distributions would you want supported?
« Last Edit: August 21, 2014, 05:53:08 pm by Brahim »

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 11:43:41 am »
FYI... :)

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2014, 02:16:01 am »
I would very much like to see support for Openmediavault. Fedora support for use with amahi would also be quite nice.

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2014, 06:32:14 am »
Support for Debian 7 (Wheezy) might be possible. Openmediavault 1.0 will use Debian 7.

Note that Debian 7 uses Linux kernel 3.2 (fairly old kernel). If the API changes are too much between 3.2 and 3.13, I might have to skip it as maintaining different code bases is more work.

If you compile kernel 3.10 lts into Fedora, the RHEL release will work on it.
Fedora is designed for experimentation and not for stable releases. The API nor the ABI are guaranteed to be stable. In fact, they are guaranteed to not be stable.
So, I would not use it for NAS purposes.

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 02:41:51 pm »
Having fedora suport would be more of a nice to have. I ran amahi 6 on ubuntu lts, but I jumped ship a while after amahi 7 came out, because of fedora support only.

What about omv running backport kernel. Could that be an option for support? With omv-extras its a breeze to install.

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 04:16:15 pm »
@cogliostrio
Nice. :)

Backported kernels are a nice idea. However, the key questions would be:
1. Who will do the testing and vesting for the backport to focus on?
2. Who will provide long-term support to those running on that backport?

Remember, I can compile for any kernel. The key issues are ABI stability and long-term support for that kernel.
The is no value in me compiling for a kernel most users will move away from in six months time.

I have not given Debian 7 a tour yet to see what might be missing from an API perspective and what code patching is required for the older 3.2 kernel.
If the changes are simple and there is enough of a user base, Debian 7 will be added.

As far as Amahi, I too was bummed out when they moved away from Ubuntu. :(
To me, that was critical mistake to use an experimentation OS for something people want running stable for years.
They should have gone with CentOS if displeased with Ubuntu.
In any case, you reminded me that I needed to post on their forum: https://forums.amahi.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5568


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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2014, 02:36:49 pm »
Tiny Core Linux? Anything lightweight (Not too familiar with TCL yet), really. For those of us that are going to essentially run tRAID as a VM appliance

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2014, 06:28:19 pm »
Tiny Core Linux? Anything lightweight (Not too familiar with TCL yet), really. For those of us that are going to essentially run tRAID as a VM appliance

Ubuntu and RHEL have a minimal install options.
Fully stripped down distros like Tiny Core Linux are more headaches than being really useful.

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2015, 02:27:30 pm »
I landed on Ubuntu minimal install, which works quite well. I do miss having a nice GUI for setting up samba shares like OMV, but not a major issue.

Why not support for Ubuntu server?


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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2015, 11:32:20 am »
Who says Ubuntu server is not supported?  ???

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2015, 12:13:32 pm »
Hmm, I did try it out, and i thought it was weird it wouldt work. Maybe I ran into a kernel version issue? Its been a while since i tried it out,so Im a bit fuzzy on the details. Might have to try it out in a vm again next weekend.

Having said that, Im quite happy with my ubuntu minimal install. Its been running without a hitch as a movie server for quite a few months now. When I get the time, Ill start moving over all my important files (photos and various documents).

My only complaint is, theres no NZFS out yet  ;)

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 06:12:05 pm »
I landed on Ubuntu minimal install, which works quite well. I do miss having a nice GUI for setting up samba shares like OMV, but not a major issue.

I'm opting for the same. It's a shame Samba Web Administration Tool ceased development. Editing configs in the ESXi terminal isn't nearly as smooth

Brahim, any chance we'll see a Samba config plugin?

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2015, 10:31:54 am »
I'm opting for the same. It's a shame Samba Web Administration Tool ceased development. Editing configs in the ESXi terminal isn't nearly as smooth

Brahim, any chance we'll see a Samba config plugin?
Add as a feature request on bug.flexraid.com.
Samba and Gparted are two things I would agree would be nice to support right off the Web UI.

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2015, 12:20:22 pm »
Would it be possible to put it in a Docker image? Then you only have to worry about the kernel version, and not the distribution

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Re: What other Linux distribution should be tRAID support?
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2015, 03:25:10 pm »
Would it be possible to put it in a Docker image? Then you only have to worry about the kernel version, and not the distribution
1. The kernel image is everything in our case.
2. Docker won't provide anything of value as transparent access to the disks and environment is required here.

Overall, tRAID on Linux requires no installation whatsoever. You can unzip the package and run things from a thumb drive or a live CD.