first off, i appreciate your quick reply. perhaps i need to clarify myself on a few things
I'm not familiar with that name nor did i look it up, it sounds like an onboard raid for a MB though. If that's the case, don't even bother with it. software raid is the way to go.
highpoint technologies is a manufacturer of raid add-in cards. Mine is the RocketRAID 2320 it's a PCIe 8 port SATAII raid5 card. they're not the BEST, but they're not too much $$$ (instead of $500 for an areca, mine was $250). my biggest reasons for using an add-in card are portability (not tied to os or machine), performance and flexibility, online raid level/size migration is a HUGE plus!
That's easy and just a little bit of exploring should solve that anyways. Don't be afraid of breaking anything or you'll never learn. If you think it's a bad idea, ask before you do it. The secret location of KDE is in the advanced options section though.
ok, all i have up on the screen is the "core" window. the only options i see are the tabs up top which are: Start, Connections, Log Options, View Log, Configuration Files
where are the "advanced" options?
all i want to do is be able to bring up the full kde desktop temporarily so i can add drivers and do a few other things. other than that i plan to leave it in the closet.
Ahh... What are you talking about here? driver for the raid? But on the topic of packages, you will always use Debian because K/Ubuntu is debian based.
ok, here's the link to the driver page for my raid card: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/bios_rr2320.htm
give me the options of red had enterprise, fedora, suse/enterprise, freebsd and open source. do i use suse? and if so, which one? since highpoint has open source drivers it would be nice if the Linux MCE or ubuntu team included some of these raid drivers in the installation.
if i have to go with open source, any pointers on best/easiest way to compile them? i'm a *nix n00b, but am not afraid of a terminal or command lines