It seems geli is the standard way of encrypting disks. It's extremely flexible and usually recommended by the community over gbde. Moreover, geli is mentioned a lot more in the mailing lists and forums.

gbde's man page explicitly says that gbde is experimental and should be considered suspect. That seems reason enough to finally depreciate and remove it in favour of geli.

The Encrypting Disk Partitions page in the Handbook discusses gbde first, and describes geli as an alternative. This seems odd, shouldn't this be the other way around?

Is there any objection to removing gbde? How many people use gbde? When have you used gbde over geli, and why?



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