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February Hang Out this Friday, February 21

Our February Hang Out for Support and Gold subscribers will be this Friday, February 21, at 13:00 US Central time. You’ll find the link and other information under “February 2014 Hang Out” after logging in to the members area.

We’re going to discuss VPN options and where each is most appropriate, then continue on to an introduction to IPsec. There will be some time for questions at the end.

Also, mark your calendars for March 21 at the same time for next month’s session.

Here is a preview of the hangout:

Recordings of Hang Outs available

The video and audio recording and slides from January’s hang out are available for Gold and Support subscribers after logging in to the members section.

You’ll see the “Hang Outs Archive” link there after logging in.

If you’re not yet a subscriber and want a taste of what these are like, December’s video and audio archive is freely available here: pfSense December Hang Out recording

The slides for December are up for members only at the same place as the January files noted above.

We’ll have a post up soon with the specifics for February’s session.

January Hang Out – Project News, Firewall and NAT Fundamentals Tutorial

January’s hang out/webcast is this Friday, January 24, at 1:00 PM US Central time. We’ll start out going over all the latest happenings with the project. Then we’ll have a tutorial on firewall and NAT fundamentals. I’ll go through how things work, best practices, and some guidance for troubleshooting. There will also be time for questions. This session is available for gold and support subscribers only. You can find the link to join after logging into your account here, under January Hang Out Details.

If you can’t make it while we’re live, you’ll find the recording archived in the members area shortly after we’re finished.

Look forward to having you there!

Here is a preview of the hangout:

Hang out with us Friday, December 13

Click here to join us! Delayed to 2 PM Central because of issues with Google hangouts.

We’re doing an online hang out on Friday, December 13. We’ll get started at 1:00 PM US Central time, and go for roughly an hour. I have a presentation for the first portion, going over the new features and changes in 2.1 release, and what we’re currently doing on the coming 2.2 release. Then I’ll present a tutorial on troubleshooting port forwarding. There will be time for audience questions as well.

This is the first in what will be a monthly recurring series. Each month, we’ll have a how to tutorial on a specific topic or area of the system, and updates on development and other happenings with the project. We have several topics in mind, but also welcome community suggestions on topics (if nothing else, that will help us prioritize).
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pfSense Gold Subscription Now Available!

pfSense Gold is our $99 per year premium membership subscription program, designed to provide special benefits to our members while supporting ongoing development of the Open Source pfSense project.  We hope this dual benefit will make Gold a program worth subscribing to.

Current exclusive benefits for Gold members include:

  • Access to our AutoConfigBackup secure cloud based backup service for up to 10 hosts.**
  • Immediate pre-publication access to the updated pfSense: The Definitive Guide book in PDF, fully updated for the pfSense 2.1 release. This is a significant update to the current book, and currently has approximately 200 additional pages. PDF available for immediate download after purchase!
  • Monthly online MeetUp!  Video conference using Google Hangouts or similar technology, hosted by a rotating selection of core developers with occasional special guests.  We will announce demos / topics in advance and take general questions from the audience.

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pfSense 2.1-RELEASE now available!

I’m proud to announce the release of pfSense 2.1, and our new Gold Subscription! The 2.1 book and our AutoConfigBackup service, available for years to support subscribers, are immediately available today to Gold subscribers. See this post for details. Onto the release!

This release brings many new features, with the biggest change being IPv6 support in most every portion of the system. There are also a number of bug fixes, and touch ups in general. It’s making its way to the mirrors now, and should be on all of them by end of day Sunday. The complete list of significant changes follows, and can also be found here including more details. If you want to see every single individual change, check out RELENG_2_1 commits in our github here and the 469 completed tickets in our redmine here.
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2.1 now release candidate tagged

We’ve tagged 2.1 as RC0, as release time nears. This means it’s feature-complete, and has no significant known regressions from prior releases. How much longer until release depends on what’s discovered from here out. We don’t anticipate there being a long release candidate cycle, given how widespread 2.1 usage has been over the past year plus. Now’s the time to help test!

Please post anything that requires follow up to the 2.1 board on the forum rather than the comments here on the blog. Far more people are active on the forum and will see it there.

The master branch in git has been bumped to 2.2-ALPHA in preparation for development on 2.2 release. We’ll soon be putting efforts into getting our patches and code up to speed for FreeBSD 10.x for 2.2 release.