Configuring Intel's Skull Canyon NUC with FreeBSD 12

By Felix Johnson, February 4, 2019.

IntelĀ® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK (Skull Canyon) is my daily driver when it comes to computing tasks. This article discusses configuring the Skull Canyon NUC with FreeBSD 12.


There are three modes that work with the Iris Pro 580 graphics:

Of these, the modesetting is the most performant, though the most difficult to configure. The intel driver works, but is unstable.

Software Installation

Based on the driver you're using, you'll need to install the following software:

Package Name Purpose Required-by
xorg X server, hosts other X11 software all
xterm X terminal, used to ensure xorg is working all
drm-next-kmod modesetting device driver modesetting