1.2.1 Snapshots Available for Testing

pfSense 1.2.1 snapshots are now available for testing! These snapshots contain a few bug fixes since 1.2 release, and the base OS has changed to FreeBSD 7.0.

These snapshots are not widely tested at this point. The change to FreeBSD 7.0, and some changes in the build system related to our git conversion may have created some OS issues. The pfSense code itself has not changed much from 1.2-release, and what has changed is all pretty well tested, so there likely won’t be any issues there. The OS changes mean you should be very careful if you choose to test these snapshots. Backup your configuration first, and make sure you have a pfSense 1.2 CD handy for reinstall in the worst case scenario. We are not aware of any problems, but again, this has not been widely tested yet so proceed with caution! I strongly suggest not trying this on any critical systems yet.

Base OS Changed to FreeBSD 7.0…for now

Our previous plan was to release 1.2.1 on a FreeBSD 6.3 base, but we want to keep our latest stable release on FreeBSD’s latest stable release, to ensure the best hardware support and performance. So our first public 1.2.1 snapshots are based on FreeBSD 7.0. This is subject to change back to 6.3 if significant issues are found that would delay this release. We’re hopeful this will be even better than 6.x, but time will tell.

Upgrading to 1.2.1 Snapshots
You should be able to successfully upgrade a 1.2 full install using a pfSense-Full-Update file from either the Firmware page or console upgrade. This has been tested a handful of times with no problems, but again – not widely tested. Embedded upgrades might be possible from the console, but have not been tested at all. If you would like to try, let us know how it goes. Make sure you backup your config, and be prepared to reflash.

Snapshot File Naming Convention
The file naming convention for snapshot releases has changed. They now include the date and time of the snapshot build. This is in YYYYmmdd format, and is in the local time of the build servers (Louisville, US Eastern). This makes the snapshots sort properly by date, and makes it easier for those of us who keep lots of snapshots to retain them with unique names. It also means we will never interrupt anyone’s download by overwriting with a new snapshot. Several builds will be retained in these folders for 1-2 days – make sure you get the newest build available.

New Forum Board for 1.2.1 Snapshots
Please keep all forum 1.2.1 discussion in the 1.2.1 Snapshot Feedback and Problems board. If you post to the mailing list, make sure you mention you are using 1.2.1 snapshots. If you try these snapshots, we would appreciate feedback on your experiences.

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General questions can be posed here as a comment, or on the forum. If you have a specific problem to report, please do not leave it as a comment, rather use the forum or mailing list. This allows us to work with you on issues without creating a mess in the comments here.


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19 Responses to “1.2.1 Snapshots Available for Testing”

  1. Gary@Centipede Says:

    Great stuff guys! Considering all the changes with the build system, the conversion from FreeBSD6 to FreeBSD7 and the git conversion, this build looks pretty good.

  2. Adam Says:

    Is there a bug fix list floating around anywhere???

  3. mcrane Says:

    Since 1.3 is still quite a ways in the future I’m glad you are using FreeBSD7 with pfSense 1.2.1. FreeBSD7 has more drivers, better wireless support, even faster Ethernet support. Moving pfSense to FreeBSD7 is an awesome upgrade to the firewall by itself.

  4. Chris Buechler Says:

    Forgot to mention – changes in 1.2.1 are listed here:

    A few of those are issues that remain to be fixed.

  5. Chris Buechler Says:

    Note snapshot folders are subject to being empty if we find issues, while new snapshots are building. This is currently the case because of some rrdtool and dhcpd fixes. If the folder is empty, wait a couple hours and check again.

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    […] has a 1.2.1 alpha snapshot available for testing. This version contains a few bug fixes and the base OS has changed to FreeBSD […]

  7. Chris Buechler Says:

    For those wondering how stable these snapshots currently are, we have compiled and will maintain a list of known issues here:

  8. Actualizando pfSense 1.2 | javivf's blog Says:

    […] y de estos 2 solo ha funcionado a la primera darkstat. Bueno, como ya se sabe es una TESTING y ya habian avisado de estas cositas PD: Como buena noticia, no he tenido que usar el cd de instalacion que habia […]

  9. jigp Says:

    Great fbsd7 🙂 downloading it now and ready to install 🙂

  10. stefan sp. Says:

    The snapshots server is very slow (Germany / Switzerland) if you like i can make a mirror of it.

  11. Chris Buechler Says:

    We don’t have any plans to mirror the snapshots at this time because of the bandwidth it would take just to mirror the files. We know it’s likely not extremely fast from overseas, and we may mirror them at some point, but not in the immediate future.

  12. Gianluca Says:

    I just want to thank you for these snapshots.

    I have been banging my head on the wall in the past two days trying to install a firewall/gateway distribution on my new Intel Atom230 based board D945GCLF.

    My first choice was pfsense, but unfortunately the stable version (6.x based) does not recognize the network card I am using (two USB2.0 10/100 nics, driver AXE).

    I have tried almost anything, from monowall to zeroshell and other linux based distributions (smoothwall, endian, whatever), but it seems no mantainer cared enough to include support for usb-based network cards in their builds (the chip, which is common for almost any brand of usb-to-ethernet adapter is indeed supported).
    I know a usb ethernet adapter is not something popular but is the only thing I can use in such a small form factor (no space for pci cards).

    The fact pfSense 1.2.1-RC1 based on freebsd 7.0 supports this axe driver for the network card suprised me and made me very happy, so I would just like to invite you to keep support for that usb hardware in your future developments and not strip it out from the kernel because I am actually relying on this 🙂


  13. Mike Says:

    I was just wondering when 1.2.1 is scheduled to be released?

  14. Chris Buechler Says:

    As always, it’ll be released when it’s ready. Schedule depends on a number of things, there will be a development update post in a week or so.

  15. Daniel Eriksson Says:

    I have been running 1.2.1 now for 2 month, and it’s working perfect, and is really fast! The 1.1 did not install on my DL360G2 (the boot took 8 minutes, it was hanging when the cd discover came) but the 1.2.1 works like a dream 🙂

  16. Bern Says:

    Just a quick note for anyone wondering about upgrading. Like Daniel, I’ve upgraded from 1.2 and the performance difference is really noticeable (I’ve actually upgraded two boxes now, six more to go).

    The upgrade worked perfectly, automatically reinstalling/upgrading installed packages. No configuration seems to have been lost and the 1.4 GHz P4 it’s running on feels twice as fast now. Squid is blazing, managing the firewall over HTTPS is definitely snappier. My advice – try it, you won’t regret it!

    Many thanks to all those responsible.


  17. Speedy Says:

    Is there no mirror?? The speed sucks 🙁

  18. Chris Buechler Says:

    Speedy: read above re: mirrors. No, there aren’t any.

    We do have plans to bring up a snapshots mirror in Europe by the end of the year hopefully. We’ll have more dedicated server hosting in Europe in the coming months.

  19. Paul M Says:

    have happily installed 1.2.1 on a Dell R300, onboard broadcom nics happily support vlans etc (wan is bge1, lans are beg0.X), added a twin-nic Intel card for sync and a DMZ… happy happy joy joy!

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