I agree, Kevin, we could have released this quite some time ago. We’re very conservative with our releases, perhaps too much so in this case. We just want to be completely sure that there are no regressions when we label something as a stable release, and at this point we’re already confident of that from the wide scale deployments of 1.2.1 over the past several months. We decided to give it one more RC, though we’re already confident that RC2 is a stable release.
We use a large ERP suite that errs too far on the other side. We often see regressions, and things that surely couldn’t have passed basic testing. So for our part, we wholeheartedly support the pfsense approach!