On Sun, 2016-08-14 at 16:17 -0600, Drew Samson wrote:
Thanks for the helpful responses. Now to your questions:
On 8/14/2016 3:30 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> Why do you use hardware RAID? There is little or no advantage and some
> disadvantages in doing that. Software RAID works extremely well on
Since the capability is built into many motherboards these days it seems
more straightforward to me to control mirrored redundancy outside of the
OS. I have no personal experience using redundant software raid even
though I know Windows 7 supports it so I think it's just a matter of
using what I know since it's readily available. Then with Fedora I have
no idea how to go about using or configuring redundant software raid so
again using the motherboard controller means one less thing I need to
learn. Fedora software mirroring is certainly on my list of things to
know before I die but I haven't made it that far down the list yet...
What disadvantages were you referring to with hardware raid?
Mainly that it adds cost and still requires specialized drivers because
it often means proprietary formats which may not be well-maintained.
OTOH it may allow hot-swapping, depending on the model. Software RAID
is generally more flexible and on a modern system doesn't have a high
impact on performance.
Here's a discussion (one among many): http://linux.yyz.us/why-software-raid.html
> Not being a gamer I don't use SLI but since we're on the
> subject about compatible hw...does Fedora / linux / open-source have any
> capable sli graphics cards which work well and easily?
> No idea what you mean by SLI.
It's called the Scalable Link Interface capability built into some
graphics cards where you can slave 2 (or more) graphics cards together
and combine their gpu processing power for more a responsive graphics
interface. It's really nice for those who need it.