Which FreeBSD for Intel i7-2600S and DQ67SWB3?

Daniel Staal DStaal at usa.net
Fri Jun 8 01:41:29 UTC 2012

--As of June 7, 2012 3:30:52 PM -0700, David Christensen is alleged to have 

>> For a new computer, I wouldn't go with anything earlier than FreeBSD
>> 9.0, and in my case, upgrading to 9.0-STABLE proved stabler than the 9.0
>> release.
> http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2012-March/239742.ht
> ml
> It looks like -STABLE are daily development/ test builds (?):

It's a bit more nuanced: -STABLE is -RELEASE plus features that are 
believed to be complete and tested.  -CURRENT is -STABLE plus features that 
are still under development.  I'd call -STABLE test - but not quite 
development - builds, if that makes sense.

> ftp://ftp.allbsd.org/pub/FreeBSD-snapshots/amd64-amd64/
> I'm looking for stability.  I'll try the 9.0-RELEASE:
> ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/amd64/amd64/ISO-IMAGES/9.0/

This generally my choice.  You can be sure it's considered final-product 
ready.  It also allows you to use freebsd-update to get patches.  (Unless 
you compile your own.)

>> I don't recognize or don't remember DQ67SWB3 motherboard model, is it
>> from MSI?
> Intel:
> http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/
> desktop-board-dq67sw.html
> I'm not sure what the "B3" suffix means, but it's on the box.
> A few other questions for the list, please:
> 1.  Does FreeBSD support encrypted disk partitions (slices)?

Yes, see the Handbook:
(Actually, many of your questions can be answered from the handbook.  ;) )

Using them in conjunction with ZFS is a bit complicated, but can be done. 
(Generally, you'd want to use an encrypted slice as a disk to put ZFS on.) 
ZFS itself does not currently support encryption.

> 2.  Does the X server in FreeBSD (?) support Intel HD 2000 integrated
> graphics?

That's Sandy Bridge, and is supported as of 9.0.

Daniel T. Staal

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