Archive for April, 2008

pfSniffer? A non-firewall use for pfSense

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Jack of All IT posted an interesting use for pfSense, as a dedicated sniffer box. 1.3 allows the configuration of just one network interface, so uses like this will be even easier in the future. 

First issue of BSD Magazine available, including pfSense

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The first issue of BSD Magazine is now available, and pfSense 1.2 is mentioned on the cover and the 1.2 release is on the included DVD. No written content on pfSense is included that I’m aware of, though I’m not sure as my issue has not yet arrived. I may be writing an article for a future issue if I can find the time.

Development status update

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Most of the development time since the 1.2 release has been spent on the new features in 1.3, however an updated 1.2 release is also in the works.

Version 1.2.1 will be released this summer. It will use FreeBSD 6.3 as the base system, and incorporate fixes for a few issues discovered since the 1.2 release. No new features will ever be added to 1.2.x releases.

Version 1.3 is not yet publicly available. With BSDCan coming very soon, that has been more of a focus than testing and preparing the initial public 1.3 release. It may not be available until after BSDCan.

Multi-BSS (Virtual Access Point) Support Added to FreeBSD

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Sam Leffler committed changes to FreeBSD HEAD/8.0 adding support for multi-BSS wireless. This means in the future we can and will support multiple virtual access points on one wireless card.

This is not a MFC candidate and hence will not be in FreeBSD 7.x. pfSense 1.3 will be based on 7.x, so 1.3 will not have this support. The next pfSense release following 1.3 will be based on FreeBSD 8.x and will incorporate this. That’ll be a while, but it’s something to look forward to in a year or so.

Thanks to Sam for his efforts! I’m also looking forward to attending his wireless tutorial at BSDCan.

Using outbound/gateway load balancing? Please vote!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

If you use outbound load balancing, please vote in this poll. We’re investigating potential problems with the sticky connections option and need to gather information.

Using pfSense Video Tutorial (Portuguese)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Luiz Gustavo has made what appears to be a very nice pfSense video tutorial in Portuguese.

Vídeo Tutorial: Usando o PfSense (Parte 1)

Given I don’t know the first word of Portuguese, I’m not able to comment on the content, but glancing through the video it appears to be very well put together! It’s nice to see resources in languages other than English. This is truly a global project, with Google Analytics showing web site visits from 152 countries in the past two weeks alone, but we must rely on others to put out information in alternate languages.