pfSense book now available for purchase!

November 3rd, 2009 by Chris Buechler

Now available on Amazon

NOTE: The print book is still available, however being based on the 1.2.3 version, it is largely obsolete. The 2.1 PDF edition is immediately available for Gold Subscribers. It’s the recommended version for everyone, as it’s been greatly expanded and updated.

Click here for details.

Finally, comprehensive documentation for pfSense is available in print!

Table of contents is available here.

Authored by pfSense co-founder Chris Buechler and pfSense developer Jim Pingle, The Definitive Guide to pfSense covers installation and basic configuration through advanced networking and firewalling of the popular open source firewall and router distribution.

This book is designed to be a friendly step-by-step guide to common networking and security tasks, plus a thorough reference of pfSense’s capabilities. The Definitive Guide to pfSense covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to pfSense and its features.
  • Hardware and system planning.
  • Installing and upgrading pfSense.
  • Using the web-based configuration interface.
  • Backup and restoration.
  • Firewalling fundamentals and defining and troubleshooting rules.
  • Port forwarding and Network Address Translation.
  • General networking and routing configuration.
  • Bridging, Virtual LANs (VLANs), and Multi-WAN.
  • Virtual Private Networks using IPsec, PPTP, and OpenVPN.
  • Traffic shaping and load balancing.
  • Wireless networking and captive portal setups.
  • Redundant firewalls and High Availability.
  • Various network related services.
  • System monitoring, logging, traffic analysis, sniffing, packet capturing, and troubleshooting.
  • Software package and third-party software installations and upgrades.

At the end of this book, you’ll find a menu guide with the standard menu choices available in pfSense and a detailed index.

Buy now

Thanks for your support!

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137 Responses to “pfSense book now available for purchase!”

  1. Tim Says:

    Looking forward to it! looks like it is out of stock already… :(

  2. Chris Buechler Says:

    It’s been showing up as out of stock since it first came online earlier today, guessing that’s because they don’t have the books in their inventory yet. Shouldn’t be sold out already (though that’d be a good problem to have :)).

  3. Oliver Says:

    Just ordered my copy! Looking forward to it.

  4. Chris Buechler Says:

    They are showing in stock now.

    Thanks to everyone for your support!

  5. Martin Says:

    Very nice. Got my copy too. Good stuff.

  6. Mangaan Says:

    Yep already ordered, thanks for the hard work !

  7. Ataa Says:

    What about pdf version? Is is available as well?

  8. Chris Buechler Says:

    At this moment, there is no one offering individual electronic copies for sale. That will be coming.

    It is available for those with active support or reseller subscriptions at portal.pfsense.org, by logging in and downloading here:
    https://portal.pfsense.org/book/pfSense-book.pdf

    Right now that’s only for support and reseller subscribers. A lower cost subscription will be available for content-only access to the book and more in the near future.

  9. Tim A Says:

    How much of this book is specific for 1.2.2 vs the upcoming 1.3?

  10. Chris Buechler Says:

    It’s all 1.2.x, several parts specific to 1.2.3. There is no coverage of the 2.0 release, it’s too early in its development process to be able to properly document.

  11. Slam Says:

    Good news, I just ordered mine today and looking forward to reading it, are there any plans to produce a pfsense developers edition book too? I think it would be a great idea, it could include things like making custom images, rebranding etc.

    Keep up the good work guys!

  12. Chris Buechler Says:

    I doubt if we’ll ever do a printed book on development topics, there isn’t enough interest to justify the amount of effort that goes into a book. I do want to create more information for developers to ease getting started with contributing to the project, but it won’t end up in a printed book.

  13. Raymond Says:

    Cool, I just ordered my copy of the book just to support you guys! Nice firewall you’ve put together and I’m happy to chip in this way even thou I don’t really need the book since you’ve made pfSense simple enough to administer without any RTFM =)

  14. Dan Lundqvist Says:

    I have now placed an order as well… :-)

  15. Mark Says:

    I ordered my book!

    Thanks a bunch!

  16. Shawn Says:

    Awsome! I just found pfSense the other day when researching to build myself a better firewall router. Great timing on the book release. I just ordered myself a copy from Amazon and hopefully will be building myself a new firewall router this weekend. Keep up the great work! pfSense is going to be a huge improvement to what I am using now for a firewall.

  17. Kevin Bowling Says:

    Nothing beats dead trees and ink! Can’t wait for a copy.

  18. Tarlak Says:

    Thanks guys, i’ve order mine, i hope to have it quick :)

  19. Michael Says:

    Just ordered my copy :)

  20. Bernassau François Says:

    Thanks guys, i’ve order mine :)

  21. Bastien Says:

    Chris,

    thanks a lot for this amzing work.
    Do you know when the book is available in Europe ?

    Thanks,
    Bastien

  22. Jose Angel Says:

    Just ordered from amazon UK !. Not in stock but cheaper from Europe.

    Thank you for writing it !!!

    Jose Angel (heavy pfsense user)

  23. Ben Roche Says:

    Excellent timing, I just started putting together a new replacement router. I’ve just installed pfSense, and was going through all the option.
    Now I’ve ordered the book, I’ll wait till its here.
    Thx

  24. Mathias Mejborn Says:

    Thanks you guys!

    Just ordered an axample, PfSense is just amazing, Ive beeen using it for almost a year now and Iam just getting happier with it every day :)

    Iam glad to make a donation this way!

  25. silviomaraujo Says:

    What is the password?

    note from Chris: as I said, you must have an active support or reseller subscription to use the above link, the credentials for those of you who are subscribers is the account you created when signing up.

  26. martin Says:

    Great – just ordered it.

    Thanks Chris & Jim

  27. hofimax Says:

    Hi!

    Wonderful! Is there planned a translation to german? Or should i order the english version?

    Greets

  28. Mark Slatem Says:

    Always more than happy to contribute to this amazing project!

    Just ordered 2 copies of the book.

    Chris, thanks a stack!

  29. Adrian Hensler Says:

    What determines if the book is available on the Canadian amazon.ca? Is that just an Amazon decision?

    Just curious if anyone knows the answer – the book is not on amazon.ca.

  30. COMPUTERONIX, LLC Says:

    Just ordered mine and had someone else order it as well. Will keep recommending to everyone!

  31. Scott Says:

    I just ordered a copy was well. Looking forward to some good reading. :)

  32. xa0z Says:

    Great news!

  33. Chris Horn Says:

    @Bastien: amazon.co.uk has it listed – though out of stock.
    amazon.de doesn’t know it yet. :-(
    Haven’t looked at amazon.fr

    But we are nearing sullrich’s goal of rank #100:
    Amazon.com Sales Rank: #167 in Books

    For the record and historic memory: above line is a copy-n-paste from amazon.com’s pfSense book page!

    Anyone willing to share actual no. of sales to reach this?!?

  34. Dan Chisarick Says:

    I ordered a print copy as well, but I prefer getting books as a PDF where possible. I know you said its coming.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  35. donpuck Says:

    Ordered mine.
    Thank you for the hard work.

  36. Maxim Hansen Says:

    Ah, I’ve really been looking forward to this!

    Getting it as soon as I can!

    Thank you so much for all the effort! Can’t wait to read it! =)

  37. Cory Lievers Says:

    Nothing on amazon.ca yet :(

  38. Ben Says:

    So aside from the obvious sale, do you get a cut from the Amazon website when purchased there or can I just go out and buy it from my local B&N or whatever? I love pfsense and would like you to get the most amount of money into your hands possible from the purchase but hate ordering from Amazon for personal reasons.

  39. Nagendra Rao E Says:

    It is will be available in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India? Rather, when it will be available here?

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  41. BuddhaChu Says:

    I love how there’s a ‘used’ copy of the book available for $20 more than the book costs new from Amazon.

  42. Jake Says:

    Just ordered our book. Thanks for the great product.

  43. KMN Alam Says:

    Hey guys.. it’s only hard copy available. I am from Bangladesh and it is easier for me if I can buy the softcopy version. Any advice???

  44. vito Says:

    Just ordered!!! :)
    Thanks for the all the hard work!!

  45. Roy Kaldung Says:

    Hi,

    I ordered it also from UK. Amazon’s standard delivery from U.S. to Germany is about 18 – 32 days :-(

    Thank you,
    Roy

  46. Chris Buechler Says:

    Ben: We get a couple bucks extra from Amazon from the link in this post, but we still get the bulk of the money from royalties no matter where you purchase it, so if you prefer buying elsewhere that’s great with us. Other booksellers have it as well, though I’m not sure which exactly.

  47. Bob Gustafson Says:

    OK, ordered mine a minute ago.

  48. Marcello Marques Says:

    Mine’s on its way! Thanks for a great product.

  49. Cliff Says:

    I just Ordered My Copy !!! Hope it comes Fast !!! I Wanna try IP SEC VPN Between Cisco and PF Sense.

  50. kapara Says:

    Gonna purchase it soon. Very hilarious though…….its already available used! but for $56.69.

    Hey…don’t forget to give it good reviews!!!!!

  51. Chris Buechler Says:

    hofimax: There are no translations planned at this time. There is a lot of work in translating a 500+ page book and having it reviewed, so it’s unlikely it will be translated.

  52. Chris Buechler Says:

    The “used” copies were available before Amazon even had the new copies listed in stock. I thought that was strange as well. They actually appear to be new copies from a different book seller. I don’t even have my copies yet, I doubt if anyone has used copies already. :)

  53. Takaratiki Says:

    #105 on Amazon Best Sell List after I put in my purchase. Go Team pfSense! Glad to contribute, been waiting for this with vast eagerness.

  54. Chris Buechler Says:

    It was in the top 100 for much of the day today, dropped out of the top 100 after several hours to 105 right now, but is still the #1 best selling technical book on Amazon right now. Thanks everyone!

  55. Chris Buechler Says:

    The word from Jeremy Reed @ Reed Media on amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, and all their other sites is “patience”. :) It will show up there, but it make take 1-2 weeks he said.

  56. kaparaza Says:

    I’ve bought my one on amazon.co.uk (I’m from belgiën), it wasn’t out of stock for all dealers.

  57. Veni Says:

    Just ordered one :).
    amazon.co.uk did not have it in stock :(.

  58. tekkon Says:

    would like to know if the book would be available from kinokunia bookstore at Kuala Lumpur.

    Looks like some of you gotten 1TB hdds along with the book according to amazon :)

  59. Chris Buechler Says:

    tekkon: not sure if it will be available there, I asked Reed Media.

    I was a little surprised that apparently enough people picked up a 1 TB HDD along with the book that it’s listed on the page there on Amazon. :)

  60. Samer Says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am looking to buy the electronic copy because I am located in Angola and Amzaon do not deliver to my place.

    Let me know how to buy it. I have paypal, visa and mastercard.

    Regards,
    Samer.

  61. Michel Samovojski Says:

    wow

    thank you =)

  62. ccnet Says:

    Great news ! I place an order 4 days ago (France) .

    Bad news from Amazon :

    Hello from Amazon.com.

    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on November 04 2009 :
    Christopher M. Buechler, et al “pfSense: The Definitive Guide”
    Estimated arrival date: December 28 2009 – January 07 2010

  63. Brian Says:

    So, will everything in this book still be relevant when 1.3 is released? or 2.0?

  64. Chris Buechler Says:

    Brian: there will be no 1.3, the next major new version is 2.0. Many parts will still be relevant. A few parts aren’t specific to any one particular firewall at all. Some parts are nearly identical between 1.2.x and 2.0. Most areas of the system have some new capabilities but all the existing ones still work exactly how they do now. A small number, like the server load balancer, have been completely replaced with a different package with much different capabilities, so there will be little relevance for that particular component.

    As a whole, most of it will be relevant. Exactly how much nobody knows for sure at this point.

  65. Chris Buechler Says:

    tekkon and any others who might have similar questions – if there is a particular bookseller not carrying it where you would like to see the book being sold, ask the bookseller to carry it.

  66. Ben Roche Says:

    Looks like I’m going to be waiting for a while :(

    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on November 05 2009
    Christopher M. Buechler, et al “pfSense: The Definitive Guide”
    Estimated arrival date: January 04 2010 – January 05 2010

  67. Chris Buechler Says:

    A number of people in the US have gotten theirs already. Our publisher said it will take a week or two longer for the other Amazon sites, so I’m not sure why at least a couple people have gotten January estimated arrival dates. I would hope it will arrive much sooner than that.

  68. Eddy Says:

    Congrate to pfSense.
    Have the same question with tekkon, hopefully can get the book from KL,Malaysia or else we can purchase a e-copy to support you guys.

  69. SaltH20Fish Says:

    I placed my order today and it is expected to arrive with the free delivery option on the 16th. Interesting enough, when I selected for the 2 day shipping it gave me the same date of the 16th, so I opted for the free delivery service.

    I look forward to reviewing your book and making use of it with my fellow co-workers on our soon to be installed pfSense firewall at the office.

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  71. Edmund Cramp Says:

    Ordered from Amazon US at 5am on the 5th and shipped at 8pm the same day. Arrived at my house last night but the trouble and strife didn’t give it to me until this morning…

    After ten minutes reading I’ve answered three of four questions about embedded systems that have had me scratching my brains over for a couple of weeks and there seem to be great descriptions of not only HOW to do things but also the WHY – something that’s usually missing from these sorts of books.

    Worth every penny so far – and I’ll happily buy a new version when the 2.0 release is available because it’s a great way to support you folks.

  72. Gladizxx Says:

    I live in Indonesia, how do I get the book.

    Thanks

  73. Andres Yacopino Says:

    Is there any form to get the book in an electronic format or paid by paypal method?
    Thanks.

  74. Chris Buechler Says:

    Andres: Not yet.

  75. jack sparrow Says:

    hi there….
    is there any why to get the book in Libya, Benghazi
    by using DHL or FedEx.

    many thanks.

  76. Chris Buechler Says:

    jack sparrow: not sure, if you request it from one of your local booksellers you should be able to get it.

  77. jack sparrow Says:

    many thanks Chris
    i do requested…
    and waiting for it :)

  78. Chris Snow Says:

    When will your pdf version of book be available? (I know applianceshop.eu are supplying a pdf version, but I can’t justify their price!).

  79. Chris Buechler Says:

    Chris: not sure on that yet.

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  82. Rafael Medina Says:

    Is there electronic edition?

  83. Chris Buechler Says:

    Rafael: not yet

  84. Steph Says:

    I found this link to a pdf version

    http://www.applianceshop.eu/index.php/firewalls/opnsense/the-definitive-guide-to-the-pfsense-open-source-firewall-and-router-distribution.html

    More expensive (55 Euros) than the printed version !

  85. Waway From Philippines Says:

    waiting for so long for the release of this book. I purchased from amazon.

    Thank a lot guys….

  86. Kennin Simmons Says:

    Does anybody know if the paperback actually comes with an electronic version too?

  87. Chris Buechler Says:

    Kennin: no, it doesn’t.

  88. tekkon Says:

    Eddy: I’m told by kinokunia KL that they’re able to order the book if requested. It’ll cost roughly rm140.

  89. Omar Says:

    Tekkon : if i wan to order from kinokunia Kl , can u give specific address so i can contact them .

  90. Jochen Says:

    hello
    where can i send you a mistake in the book? do you have an errata link/wiki?
    please chris send me an email
    greatings
    jochen

    ps it is a very good book thanks a lot

  91. Chris Buechler Says:

    If you find a mistake in the book, please email me (cmb at pfsense dot org). There are bound to be some in a 500+ page book. There are 3 errata at the moment.
    http://reedmedia.net/books/pfsense/errata.html

  92. Tony Kasunic Says:

    I use pf sense for all my companies, love the software. I want to buy an electronic copy of the new book. Any update on when a pdf version will be available?

  93. Walter Brewer Says:

    Love Pfsense.Would love to buy the book but can’t use a non electronic copy. Please help fix this or least give information on when an electronic copy would be available. Sorry to complain.

  94. pakdoz Says:

    I read that ApplianceShop (www.applianceshop.eu) is selling pfSense book in electronic copy, is it official?

  95. Chris Buechler Says:

    pakdoz: Yes, they have licensed the book to include with hardware.

  96. Overand Says:

    I’ve been using pfSense in production for several years, as well as at home – and encouraged the company owner to get three copies of this book.

    I’m pleased to say that I *did* in fact learn stuff I didn’t already know – so even if you’d consider yourself an experienced pfSense user, this is a worthwhile reference to have.

  97. QuanVo Says:

    It’s cool. I have just ordered it and already received from Amazon. Thanks Chris and team for cover all the knowledge that I want from PfSense :). Cheers !

  98. Sean Says:

    First Post. Just finished my alix build with the embedded version of pfSense. I love it (this coming from an previous untangle UTM user). Thanks for all the hard work. I have a few things in the firewall I am not sure of. Does this book cover topics gears for IT and networking professional’s or could someone that doesn’t know much pick it up and start learning. I would like a resouce that addresses some things like VLAN’s the packet capture tool and explain what is really going in the background.

    Again, Thanks for the great OS.

  99. Chris Buechler Says:

    Sean and anyone else with similar questions: it assumes a basic knowledge of networking, but only basic. If you don’t know what an IP address is, or similar very basic networking topics, you’ll need to find some introductory networking material first. It’s not an introduction to networking for those with absolutely no knowledge of the topic. That’s generally the only assumption though, it’s an adequate source for those with no firewall or security expertise.

    For more advanced topics like VLANs, packet capturing, etc. it goes into plenty of depth for someone with no prior knowledge of what these things even are, much less how to utilize them. Unless you have no knowledge whatsoever of basic TCP/IP and networking, everything is explained adequately that you shouldn’t be lost at any point.

  100. Robbo Says:

    pfSense is a great open source product. When you use this product on on of the embedded boards it is a perfect and powerful firewall solution. Not too mention cost effective as well.

    Now to my question. You have the book on Amazon in paperback but can you publish in a Kindle format? It makes buying the book really quick and easy. If you could convert to Kindle format that would be great.

    Thanks heaps.

  101. Chris Buechler Says:

    Robbo: I’ve been bugging the publisher about that, need to follow up with them again. Last I spoke with them, the amount they make on Kindle books was very little, it’s considerably better for us and them in print. I’m a big fan of Kindle and other electronic formats though and expect we’ll have something electronic available at some point in the future.

  102. Robbo Says:

    Thanks Chris. One thing to remember is that your sales volumes should increase as it is easier to buy the book which means you should still make money on them. Hopefully you have a Kindle or similar ed soon.

  103. Stefan Says:

    Thanks Chris! I’m also interested in a Kindle edition of the book.

  104. David Reid Says:

    Hi Chris,
    Any idea on when or of a new version of the book will be coming out soon. I already bought it but I have been checking out version 2 and was wondering if there will be a new release of the book to cover the new version of pfSense.

    Regards
    David

  105. Chris Buechler Says:

    David: the whole updated book is a ways out, we’ll have pieces of it available via other means as it’s updated, check back here on the blog for a new post or send a blank email announce-subscribe@pfsense.com to get the details when that happens.

    In the mean time, the bulk of the existing book is applicable and is still the best available source of info on 2.0.

  106. Chris Buechler Says:

    A Kindle edition has been available for a couple months now for those looking for it, click the link in this post and you’ll see the Kindle option.

  107. Francis M Says:

    According to Amazon Reviews, the Kindle edition is not recommended due to deficiencies on the e-book, such as no Table of Contents and badly formatted book. Is it searchable?

    I prefer the Kindle for quick reference and less likely to be misplace. I prefer to purchase the Kindle edition, but has it been updated to correct the stated comments of the edition.

    Thanks.

  108. Chris Buechler Says:

    Francis: I haven’t seen this, and our publisher left a comment on the one review you’re referring to asking for further info as he’s not seeing it either. The only complaint I’ve heard on the Kindle version was from someone new to Kindle books who didn’t like that they don’t have traditional page numbers, but that’s just a fact of how Kindle works.

  109. Joe Says:

    Hi,

    Just bought your book.

    Thanks.
    Joe.

  110. Aydin Yakar Says:

    Thanks for book..

  111. Jeremy White Says:

    It looks like the book is pre 2.x of pfSense. Will an updated version be released in the near future?

    I am looking at using pfSense and buying the book, but would hate to do so only to find the information is dated and an update is around the corner.

    Thanks,

    Jeremy

  112. Chris Buechler Says:

    There is an updated version in the works, but it will be quite some time before it’s 100% complete and gets to print. The current book is still by far the best resource available, even for 2.0. We’ll be making parts of the 2.0 book available in some fashion before it’s in print, more info to come.

  113. Athiel Says:

    Great book , thanks to Jim Pingle and Chris..

    Im in Mexico so is kind of expensive but worth every penny paid

    thank a lot.

  114. The Celtic Says:

    If I purchase the current book, will I be able to get the updated 2.0 book via amazon when it’s released? Should I wait for the 2.0 book? I use 2.0 :)

  115. The Celtic Says:

    I’d also be happy to assist in proofing the new version if you need volunteers…

  116. Chris Buechler Says:

    The Celtic: no, it won’t be updated by Amazon as it’ll be a different book.

  117. pfSenser Says:

    Really liked the paper book, and just purchased the Amazon Kindle version of the book as I am traveling and wanted it with me electronically. Unfortunately the Kindle ebook conversion is very poor:

    * Cannot swipe up and down to switch chapters – have to go the slow route via the table of contents to move around the book, and the table of contents is really long and slow to traverse

    * The table of contents is poorly structured and formatted. Higher level headings are regular type while subheadings are bolded. Headings don’t all have numbers making it hard to keep track of where in the TOC you are. Headings with numbers and headings without are at the same level, hard to figure out the hierarchy of the TOC.
    One non-sensical TOC heading reads:
    “FeebackTypographic Conventions1. Introduction”

    * Poor formatting and spacing throughout the text. No space before headings. Key headings don’t start on their own page.

    Disappointed with the Kindle version, the difficulty of moving quickly through the book makes it a pain to use as a quick reference.

  118. Chris Buechler Says:

    We’re working with the publisher to fix the Kindle issues, thanks for letting us know.

  119. Dale Menken Says:

    Any ETA on the v2 book? I would much rather purchase the v2 book then the v1 book that doesn’t cover the features of the firewall I will be using.

  120. Chris Buechler Says:

    The next book will be a 2.1 book, and it’s a bit out still. The current book covers most things in 2.0 and is the only good source of general info for 2.0 aside from what’s on doc.pfsense.org.

  121. Ron Shir Says:

    We’re the Kindle issues straightened out? I’d much rather buy the Kindle edition. Thanks for a great product and docs!

  122. pfSense User Says:

    Please, write a proper book giving the reasons for the settings, not just presetting a setting and stating the obvious…. Give bacground details as to the choices and why each choice… in a clear manner.

  123. Chris Buechler Says:

    “pfSense User” – that’s precisely what our book, the one linked here, does. It seems from your description maybe you’re referring to the “pfSense Cookbook” book, which isn’t written by any contributors to the project, and isn’t helpful as it does exactly what you said. The book linked here, the official book, provides in depth explanations of everything it covers, there are no sections that “preset a setting and state the obvious.”

  124. Mike Robinson Says:

    Bought the book about a year ago and I have to say that though it was already a bit dated, it was still quite easy to figure out the changes. I am getting ready to update to a newer version at the end of this year and was wondering if we were going to see the V2.1 by then?

    Thanks Chris and Jim for a wonderful book. I know the software is advancing faster then you could possiblly print updated material and by no means am i suggesting that you slow down it’s development. Keep up the hard work.

  125. Steve Says:

    open source projects for which the *only* reliable source of information is books are well down the totem pole

  126. Chris Buechler Says:

    No idea what you’re talking about Steve. Yes the most authoritative and reliable source of info is in this book and the new one we’re working on. That can be said of countless open source projects. We also have a ton of reliable info on doc.pfsense.org, so this is far from the only source of reliable info. We do tend to withhold all the advanced info, because 6 people make a full time living on the project and we have to have a way to make payroll. Selling information is part of that. Anyone who needs the kind of info we don’t make publicly available can very easily justify the minuscule cost.

  127. J Signed Says:

    When is your new book going to be ready and will it be available in an electronic format? I’d pay the same for the ebook as the physical book because the ebook is more useful to me. For example with an ebook I can search the entire text for a word or phrase in literally a second. Try doing that with paper. I also get the point about making a living and the ebook would put a few extra dollars in your pocket.

    Others will disagree with me I’m sure, but nothing in this world is free, not even open source code.

    Cheers

  128. Lee Says:

    Steve, this is an open project, there is no secret knowledge contained in the book. All the information required can be obtained for free. What is not free, for anyone, is the incredible amount of time, skill, and effort in order to collect and synthesize the information necessary for a successful implemention. What you are paying for with the book is your time and effort. It is a testament to the skill of the pfSense developers that they have made a highly complex and advanced piece of software appear so simple to the end user.

  129. Renzo Goia Says:

    I just bought the book.
    Thanks for the very usefull project.
    Only one suggestion, please make the book also in electronic format.

    Regards

  130. joel Says:

    just recently ordered a book from amazon. when is the second edition coming out? can’t wait for it. :)

  131. Mikael Arhelger Says:

    Just bought the book on Amazon. I hope to learn more about the many functions pfSense has to offer.

  132. Patrick Says:

    Really… what pfSense needs is more documentation! Please create the v2 version. It should be more of a community effort if time is the problem… A promotional/marketing/support team is very welcome that makes sure this kind of stuff gets attention instead of just the technical side of things… This is wrong with lots of open source projects. Its all too much targeted at the hard core audience. Just a general thought.

  133. Jared Dillard Says:

    The community is a large part of our promotional/marketing/support team and anyone can get access to create documentation (or make it better) in the wiki. Feel free to start discussion over at forum.pfsense.org explaining where you think the weak points in the documentation are for the more novice audience.

  134. Chris Buechler Says:

    Patrick: there already is a 2.1 book available for gold subscribers, as we announced previously. It has detailed, in-depth documentation on every part of the base system. More documentation will come for gold and support subscribers as well. We’ll also be making some more of that freely available, at least enough to get people up and running. If you need something beyond basic documentation, you’ll have to pay for it.

  135. Chris Buechler Says:

    ATTENTION EVERYONE: See my updated note in the original post about the print book (based on v1.2.3), now very outdated. The 2.1 updated version will be available in print eventually, but it’s immediately available in PDF to gold subscribers. The 1.2.3 book is still somewhat relevant, but it’s been thoroughly updated and expanded in the 2.1 edition. With 2.1 out now, many parts of the 1.2.3 edition are no longer applicable, inadequately covered for 2.x versions, or suggest ways of doing things that work but there are far easier and faster ways to accomplish the same thing in 2.1. So I would suggest everyone get the PDF 2.1 book with the gold subscription at this point, and not bother with the old print version.

  136. Mike Says:

    Any update on when the 2.1 version of the book will be available in print?

  137. Leo Says:

    I want to buy the 2.1 book, but I’m not very interested in a Gold membership.

    Is there any way to buy the 2.1 book itself? Digital or printed doesn’t matter, I just want to pay you for it and get it (but not $99, at least not at this point in time).

    Thanks!

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