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So where is 1.2?

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Sorry for the long delays. We have been working to make 1.2 the most fantastic release of pfSense yet. The delay has been caused by a number of very minor issues popping up but combined it has been enough to make us very cautious with this release.

Expect 1.2-RC4 sometime in the next couple of week and then we will test for a good week following up with the final release. So if all goes well, we should see 1.2 released around the 3rd week of January! Or even prior! Stay tuned…

Authentication work ongoing in HEAD and RELENG_1

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Thanks to Centipede Networks it is now possible to login to pfSense RELENG_1 (development branch) via LDAP authentication !   In addition Centipede Networks sponsored bringing the multi user manager code from m0n0wall up to speed.  Expect to see some pretty nifty stuff in 1.3 that will surely be welcome to most pfSense admins.

If you have not checked out Centipede Networks you can find them at this URL.

1.2-RC3 and Intel EM cards (82573 Vidalia chipset)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

There apparently is a card floating around using the 82573 chipset.   Somehow this card has its EEPROM programmed incorrectly and can conflict with the newer driver that is in FreeBSD 6.2.   The driver version is 6.6.6 and in my opinion the version number fits absolutely correctly.

Here is a blurb from Jack Vogel, the FreeBSD EM driver maintainer:

“There is also a hardware eeprom issue on systems with an 82573
type NIC on SOME systems. There is a utility to fix that, if you
have a problem, and have that NIC email me and I can send that
out to you.”

To make a long story short if you have this card visit this URL for fixing instructions.  For more information see this thread.

1.2 Release Candidate 3 released!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

1.2-RC3 has been released! Here is a list of bug fixes in this new version:

  • IPSEC Carp rules cleanup
  • IPSEC stability worksarounds for > 150 tunnels
  • Only reload webConfiguration from System -> Advanced when cert changes
  • Increase net.inet.ip.intr_queue_maxlen to 1000 which is the IP input queue.
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1.2 Release Candidate 2 released!

Friday, August 17th, 2007

1.2-RC2 has been released! Here are just a few of the new improvements and features that have made their way into this new version:

New features/improvements present in 1.2-RC2:

  • Automatically restarts racoon (ipsec-tools if it wedges)
  • Ensure CARP status page cache is cleared before load
  • Updated lighttpd to 1.4.15
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pfSense 2007 Hackathon scheduled for October

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A number of pfSense developers will be flying in to Louisville from around the world to participate in the 2007 Hackthon! During this time a number of pfSense developers get together and spend most of their time hacking on pfSense, testing and many other related items.

We are in dire need of donations to help fund food and drinks. If you would like to help us out in making this years hackathon productive (read: many many features and improvements) please check out our donations page located here.

1.2 Release Candidate 1 released!

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

1.2-RC1 has been released! Here are just a few of the new improvements and features that have made their way into this new version:

New features/improvements present in 1.2-RC1:

  • Many IPSEC improvements when you have more than 40+ IPSEC tunnels
  • RRD Queues Graphing fixes
  • DNS Forwarder (DNS Masq) has been updated to version 2.39
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1.2-BETA-2 released!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

1.2-BETA-2 has been released! Here are just a few of the new improvements and features that have made their way into this new version:

  • Advanced outbound NAT fixes
  • UPNP now works on LiveCD
  • Misc log viewing fixes
  • Password field lengths now line up on nervecenter theme
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Videos posted of pfSense installation

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

A couple of neat videos have been posted of installing pfSense and accessing the web interface. Check them out here.

pfSense at BSDCan 2007

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

BSDCan 2007 is happening this week. Scott and Chris will be presenting on pfSense load balancing and failover.

If any of you out there reading this will be in Ottawa please let us know. We have meet and greets planned in the residence at the University after the nightly social events. Please email us at if you will be around.

This is our third consecutive year attending BSDCan and it promises to be an excellent conference once again. If you can arrange a trip, it’s definitely worth while, and it’s extremely reasonably priced.