Taipei, Taiwan, - May 10, 2018 -
Areca Technology Corporation (ARECA), a leading provider of internal, external and Thunderbolt RAID storage, today announced the availability of Linux driver for fully lines of Thunderbolt 3 ARC-8050T3 SAS/SATA RAID storage. Areca ARC-8050T3 RAID storages are already compatible with Windows PCs and Mac machine and now it is also compatible with Linux PCs.
Our linux driver in the kernel does not work with ARC-8050T3 hotplug. From Linux Raid driver source v1.40.00.05, it can support thunderbolt cable hotplug. This new driver source patch will be integrated directly into the Linux kernel to replace the existed kernel ArcMsr driver source, allowing future versions of Linux operating systems to default support Areca's entire family Thunderbolt RAID storage.
The source code patch for Areca's Linux drivers will be released as part of all new Linux kernels, and is also available on the company's web site at http://www.areca.com.tw. Being part of the standard Linux kernel means that Areca's new driver source code patch will be included in all the future Linux distributions, including Red Hat, SuSE, OpenLinux, Debian, and Ubuntu.
The Thunderbolt Linux code today consists of kernel and daemon components that extend the capabilities of firmware-based Thunderbolt systems. Linux kernel 4.13 or later has provided really strong Thunderbolt suspend/ resume function. The daemon software components operate in coordination with the upstream Thunderbolt kernel driver (found in v4.13) to provide the Thunderbolt functionalities. The daemon is not compatible with the old out-of-tree Thunderbolt kernel module. Users need to add the Thunderbolt daemon on the linux environment which is similar as Windows Thunderbolt driver for thunderbolt M/B to enable the thunderbolt functionalities. You need to upgrade your kernel to version v4.13.13 or higher for the daemon user-space components.