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Linux Drivers For Series 6 Controllers

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With the launch of our new Series 6 controllers, there is a significant change to the underlying hardware architecture over our Series 5 controllers. These changes require an updated driver, so the existing Adaptec AACRAID driver that has been inbox for years, will not load for a Series 6 controller. In an effort to clarify the current state of Linux support for Series 6 controllers, listed below is are the facts known as of this update (1/5/2012): An updated Linux driver, version 1.1.7-28000, was submitted to http://www.kernel.org/ for inclusion into the upstream kernel. It was officially included with the release of the 2.6.39 kernel (http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog-2.6.39).

Any Linux Distribution based on kernel 2.6.39 or greater should contain this updated driver and inbox (or in kernel) driver support should be available for Series 6 Adaptec controllers.  §  Please be aware, there is the possibility that a particular vendor may choose not to include our driver in their particular distribution, so the above point is more a guideline than a rule. Listed below are the major distributions we officially support and the current inbox support for Series 6.

RedHat - RedHat Enterprise Linux (and RHEL derivatives, such as CentOS and Scientific Linux):    The Series 6 driver is not inbox with any currently available version of RHEL, this includes 4.x, 5.x, or 6.x. We are actively working with RedHat to get an updated driver inbox that will support Series 6 as quickly as possible.

Fedora: With the recent release of Fedora 16 (based on a 3.1 kernel), our 28000 driver is inbox.  For Fedora 15 users, the latest security updated kernel released is based on 2.6.40, which includes our 28000 driver inbox.

SUSE – SuSe Linux Enterprise Server: The Series 6 driver is not inbox with any currently available version of SLES. However, our 28000 driver will be included in the SP2 update for SLES 11. 

Debian - Debian. Our 28000 driver has been backported into Debian 6.0.2, (based on 2.6.32-39).   

Canonical - Ubuntu. With the recent release of Ubuntu 11.10, based on a 3.0 kernel, our 28000 driver is inbox. No other supported version of Ubuntu currently includes our 28000 driver (11.04, 10.10, or 10.04LTS) We are actively working with Canonical on what options are available getting our updated 28000 driver included with these older kernels.



In a continued effort to improve our Linux support with Series 6, we have begun providing minimally tested drivers. These minimally tested drivers do not undergo the same rigorous qualification testing as our full release drivers, but occur more frequently allowing greater synchronized support for currently available versions of Linux we support.The tarball archive below contains driver files and instructions for RHEL/CentOS 5.2, 5.3, 5.7 & 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, and XenServer 6. To download this archive, please use the information below:http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/support/files/

Filename: aacraid_linux_drivers_min_v1.1.7-28700.tgz


Password: LETTER (all CAPS)If you experience any issues with the provided files, or have questions regarding additional supported Linux versions, please contact our Technical Support team.


Alternatively, if you are using a distribution with a kernel that is not mentioned here as supported / minimally supported, then you can compile drivers yourself using the Adaptec  source code and DKMS package from the support site http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/downloads/.


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