pfSense 1.2.1 snapshots are now available for testing! These snapshots contain a few bug fixes since 1.2 release, and the base OS has changed to FreeBSD 7.0.
These snapshots are not widely tested at this point. The change to FreeBSD 7.0, and some changes in the build system related to our git conversion may have created some OS issues. The pfSense code itself has not changed much from 1.2-release, and what has changed is all pretty well tested, so there likely won’t be any issues there. The OS changes mean you should be very careful if you choose to test these snapshots. Backup your configuration first, and make sure you have a pfSense 1.2 CD handy for reinstall in the worst case scenario. We are not aware of any problems, but again, this has not been widely tested yet so proceed with caution! I strongly suggest not trying this on any critical systems yet.
Base OS Changed to FreeBSD 7.0…for now
Our previous plan was to release 1.2.1 on a FreeBSD 6.3 base, but we want to keep our latest stable release on FreeBSD’s latest stable release, to ensure the best hardware support and performance. So our first public 1.2.1 snapshots are based on FreeBSD 7.0. This is subject to change back to 6.3 if significant issues are found that would delay this release. We’re hopeful this will be even better than 6.x, but time will tell.
Upgrading to 1.2.1 Snapshots
You should be able to successfully upgrade a 1.2 full install using a pfSense-Full-Update file from either the Firmware page or console upgrade. This has been tested a handful of times with no problems, but again – not widely tested. Embedded upgrades might be possible from the console, but have not been tested at all. If you would like to try, let us know how it goes. Make sure you backup your config, and be prepared to reflash.
Snapshot File Naming Convention
The file naming convention for snapshot releases has changed. They now include the date and time of the snapshot build. This is in YYYYmmdd format, and is in the local time of the build servers (Louisville, US Eastern). This makes the snapshots sort properly by date, and makes it easier for those of us who keep lots of snapshots to retain them with unique names. It also means we will never interrupt anyone’s download by overwriting with a new snapshot. Several builds will be retained in these folders for 1-2 days – make sure you get the newest build available.
New Forum Board for 1.2.1 Snapshots
Please keep all forum 1.2.1 discussion in the 1.2.1 Snapshot Feedback and Problems board. If you post to the mailing list, make sure you mention you are using 1.2.1 snapshots. If you try these snapshots, we would appreciate feedback on your experiences.
General questions can be posed here as a comment, or on the forum. If you have a specific problem to report, please do not leave it as a comment, rather use the forum or mailing list. This allows us to work with you on issues without creating a mess in the comments here.