Ubuntu – How to install Ubuntu Desktop 13.04 with mirror RAID

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I've now spent hours trying and failing to figure out how to install Ubuntu Desktop 13.04 on my new desktop while setting up RAID as part of the installation.

I tried following the following two tutorials:

http://www.michielovertoom.com/linux/ubuntu-software-raid/
http://blog.foobaria.com/2010/05/installing-ubuntu-1004-desktop-with.html

Each time the installation ends with a pop-up error saying something about "'grub-install dummy' failed".

It's a PC with a pair of 120gb SSDs. It would be cool to have /boot on the mirror, but not essential. I've tried both that, and having a separate unmirrored /boot partition with the rest of the disk space dedicated to a mirrored root (/) partition (the two tutorials cover both approaches between them).

Help?

PS-It's annoying that this isn't yet a simple checkbox option during install, the way home dir encryption became a few years ago. Also, the awesome Alternate distro is no longer available for recent releases.

PPS-I've seen some people say to use 13.04 Server or 12.04 Alternate installer, then upgrade to 13.04 and install a desktop manually (if starting with Server). Is that a straightforward and safe way to end up with the equivalent of having installed Desktop 13.04 in the first place?

Best Answer

  • Install using a Server CD. It's a bit tricky, but it's possible.

    Follow this Ubuntu community tutorial and you'll be just fine.

    Afterwards, you can just add a Desktop.

    Good Luck !!

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