Re: [RFC] Deprecation and removal of the drm2 driver

From: Philip Homburg <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 11:48:38 +0200
>Also as the Moore's law curve flattens expect the life of these
>older, but not so old, machines to live quiet some time.  I
>believe we are talking sandy bridge and earlier?  If that is
>corret Sandy bridge is still a very viable system.

I noticed this lack of love for older systems recently. 

I wanted to use an older Dell server to test the 11.2 BETAs and RCs.

Turns out, you can't install FreeBSD using a USB stick image because the
BIOS only support MBR. No idea why MBR support was dropped for the USB images.

In the end I had to find a CD burner, and after a couple of tries managed to
install from CD.

After that, my ansible playbooks started failing because /boot/loader.conf 
is absent if you boot from zfs in combination with MBR.

Pity. This older server hardware is great for trying out new releases, play 
with zfs, etc.
Received on Wed May 23 2018 - 07:48:43 UTC

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