I am trying to install Linux Ubuntu 12.10 from a USB flash drive.
Not only am I new to Linux, I am new to RAID's.
I am trying to install Linux to a set of striped drives. The virtual device, as I believe it is called, is named Raptor. It is a pair of Western Digital VelociRaptors (300GB each). They are on a Marvell RAID controller on my Motherboard. Windows is recognizing both drives as one drive, and a benchmark just gave me 297MB/ps read on the raptors, so I know they are installed and functioning properly.
In this picture are my installation options
It confuses me because it is showing 2 drives, which should register as 1, as being 4 drives. Or perhaps it is showing drive then partition for each, to make 4 devices.
Then there is the question of where do I install "device for boot loader installation" (whatever that is).
It seems no matter what combination of those drives I select for either of those two installation options, I keep getting the error "no root file system is defined".
I'm also gonna go on a limb and guess that on Linux, "dev" stands for Device, the sda1 would stand for Storage Device one (a), partition one (1). Assuming I am right about that, than what is "mapper" and what is with my RAID drives being labelled ddf1
One more anoying question, once I have linux installed, what will my home directory be? What I mean is, on Windows it's "C:\"