Archive for March, 2009

Hackathon2k9 theme preview

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Here is what I have been working on during the hackathon a few weeks ago. It’s not yet commited as I’m not quite sure if I will keep it exactly this way. Sometimes the longer you work on something the less you are sure if you still like it, especially if it’s artwork related. I would appreciate some general feedback or suggestions on this.

There is one thing to note on this theme (that’s unique to this theme currently): The header including the menu is static, so it won’t scroll with the page. This way you always have access to the menu, even if you are at the bottom of a long page. The content just scrolls behind the header (as you probably notice when having a closer look). The backgroundimage is static too. I think this adds some useability, especially for those who have a long ruleset for example.

Update: Looks like this theme is polarizing people’s opinions. Some love it, some hate it. I guess I’m a real artist now. I did some more changes to it and it will be commited the way it is now. Love it or simply don’t use it if not. Don’t expect this theme to become the default theme of any version. I’ll do something more “mass-compatible” and more “corporate looking” as a new default theme following the recommendations I gathered from the discussion of this post. This one is done.

Updated preview is here.

P.S. Yes, I love the prodigy :-P

Routers owned by Botnet

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Did you ever think your router could become a bot? I guess the answer is no. However, there seems to be a botnet that can get control over linux based routers and modems that use MIPS hardwarearchitecture. For more details check out this link . This is somehow scary. Aren’t you happy you are using pfSense? ;-)

pfSense at BSDCan 2009

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The schedule has been announced for the BSDCan 2009 conference, May 8-9, 2009 in Ottawa Canada. For the fourth straight year, it includes a brand new session on pfSense presented by Scott Ullrich and me – pfSense: 2.0 and beyond.

This session will start with an introduction to the project and its common uses, which have expanded considerably beyond firewalling. We will cover much of the new functionality coming in the 2.0 release, which contains significant enhancements to nearly every portion of the system as well as numerous new features.

While the primary function of the project is a firewalling and routing platform, with changes coming in pfSense 2.0, it has also become an appliance building framework enabling the creation of customized special purpose appliances. The m0n0wall code where pfSense originated has proved popular for this purpose, with AskoziaPBX and FreeNAS also based upon it, in addition to a number of commercial solutions. The goal of this appliance building framework is to enable creation of projects such as these without having to fork and maintain another code base. The existing appliances, including a DNS server using TinyDNS, VoIP with FreeSWITCH, and others will be discussed. For those interested in creating appliances, an overview of the process will be provided along with references for additional information.

I’m not yet sure what the release status of 2.0 will be at that time (alpha/beta), but it will be the primary topic.

BSDCan is always a great conference at a very reasonable cost, I highly recommend it. The social events provide a number of opportunities for you to discuss the project with us – your likes, dislikes, experiences, etc. and we welcome that.

We look forward to meeting some of you there!

Another successful hackathon wrapped up

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The last of the 7 developers in attendance left on Sunday, wrapping up 8 days of heavy development primarily on 2.0. If you’re curious and have a lot of time to spare, all the changes are detailed in Gitorious (10 pages worth). 2.0 is in considerably better shape than when the week began, though some work remains to be done. Details on that to come.

Thanks very much to those who contributed to fund this event!

pfSense Hackathon 2009 will be televised

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The 2009 Hackathon will be televised!   We have 2 cameras setup currently and will be looking at adding a third.

Head on over to to check it out.  You can join the chat by using the Java viewer embedded on the page or head over to and join #pfsense-hackathon.

Folks start arriving at 7PM EDT on Saturday.

Also, we are still not close to reaching our food budget for this year.   If you can spare some extra $$ please consider donating.