Archive for February, 2008

1.2 Release Available!

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The pfSense development team is proud to bring you the 1.2 release! This brings the features and bug fixes from more than 16 months of development since the 1.0 release. Already widely tested and deployed throughout the Release Candidate phase, this release provides the finishing touches on releases already proven in a wide range of network environments. The Release Candidate versions have been downloaded more than 250,000 times.
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New pfSense web site now live

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The final required item for the 1.2 release is now finished – an entirely rewritten website is now available.

If you’re still seeing the old site, wait an hour for your DNS server to expire its cache and you’ll see it then.

It’s not perfect, but we’ll continue working on it and it’s already a drastic improvement from the mess the previous site had become. It was an embarrassment to the quality the software has become, and we’re very happy to finally have a replacement available.

1.2 release was wrapped up on Sunday and will be official once we get it out on the mirrors and publish the announcement on Monday.

Make your plans for BSDCan!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The previously discussed pfSense Tutorial has been accepted for BSDCan 2008! This will be a 4 hour training session covering as much of pfSense as possible in that time. All the popular features will be covered, some more extensively than others depending on how things work out with the restrictions of time and what attendees are most interested in.

The conference is May 14-17, 2008 at University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  The tutorials are on the 14th and 15th, and we are not yet sure of the exact time and date of ours (I’ll update this post when the exact schedule is available).

You do need a passport to travel from the US, but don’t let that scare you off. Getting through customs both ways has never been an issue for us, even carrying multiple laptops and enough gear to build a respectable network.  :)  It’s not nearly as much of a pain as I’ve experienced going to and from Europe.

This is a great conference at a low cost. Every year we meet great people and have an awesome time.  This will be the fourth straight BSDCan that Scott and I have attended, and both of us strongly recommend it. This year may be the best yet, since we’ll be able to meet a number of you on one of the first two days of the conference. We look forward to meeting you and hope to spend some of the evening hours with you guys in one of the several bars we frequent while there.

If you’ll be attending and would like to request a specific topic be covered, please leave a comment here or email me and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Several people have requested a recording of the session be made available for purchase. I’m going to see what we can do about that, but don’t know if we’ll be able to pull that off.

If you have any questions on the conference, travel, accommodations, or anything else related please leave a comment or email me.

Looking for slogan suggestions

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

By popular demand, we’re working on putting up a Cafe Press store offering pfSense stickers, shirts, and possibly other items. We’re designing some options, and looking for fitting slogans or design suggestions.

Add a comment here with your thoughts, or email me if you prefer.

If we choose your suggestion for our store, we’ll send you the item(s) inspired by your selection gratis. Please make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment (it’s only visible to us admins) so we can get in contact with you if we choose your slogan.

1.2 coming in the next few days, we’re finishing up one last thing on it.

Quick 1.2 update

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

We found some issues with lacking input validation on CARP IPs that allowed people to enter invalid configurations. Depending on what exactly is misconfigured, it could cause the system to enter a panic loop, rendering the system unusable.

Since this can be a significant problem, we have been thoroughly testing this area to ensure the improved input validation and other logic fully eliminates these possibilities for user error and typos to blow up a system.

Expect 1.2 final within a week.