January Hang Out – Project News, Firewall and NAT Fundamentals Tutorial

January 21st, 2014 by Chris Buechler

January’s hang out/webcast is this Friday, January 24, at 1:00 PM US Central time. We’ll start out going over all the latest happenings with the project. Then we’ll have a tutorial on firewall and NAT fundamentals. I’ll go through how things work, best practices, and some guidance for troubleshooting. There will also be time for questions. This session is available for gold and support subscribers only. You can find the link to join after logging into your account here, under January Hang Out Details.

If you can’t make it while we’re live, you’ll find the recording archived in the members area shortly after we’re finished.

Look forward to having you there!

pfSense talk at “Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyokai” February 17

January 14th, 2014 by Jim Thompson

Isaac (.ike) Levy, Senior Unix System Administrator at National Hockey League (http://www.linkedin.com/in/dotike) will be presenting “pfSense Practical Experiences: from home routers, to High-Availability Datacenter Deployments” at the Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyokai (FreeBSD Study Session) Group on February 17, 2014.

http://atnd.org/events/47084

Ike states that his main objective in Tokyo is to get some real help with the Japanese translation of pfSense.

Ike recently committed “Phase 1″ (machine translation) of this effort, which you can view at GitHub.

Anata to kōun ni kansha (あなたと幸運に感謝), Ike.

Shop at the pfSense store

December 23rd, 2013 by Jim Thompson

Hide your wallet, the pfSense store is alive. First mentioned in 2008, we’ve finally got it done.

(And you thought 2.1 took a long time.)

Shirts, stickers, pre-loaded USB sticks, and yes, even hardware are now available directly from the same team that brings you pfSense.

Along with pfSense Gold, this is one of the best ways to directly support the project.

To kick things off, we’re running a pre-order sale on shirts. $5.00 off until the end of the year.

(Note that the shipping department will not open until the very beginning of 2014.)

Hang out with us Friday, December 13

December 6th, 2013 by Chris Buechler

Click here to join us! Delayed to 2 PM Central because of issues with Google hangouts.

We’re doing an online hang out on Friday, December 13. We’ll get started at 1:00 PM US Central time, and go for roughly an hour. I have a presentation for the first portion, going over the new features and changes in 2.1 release, and what we’re currently doing on the coming 2.2 release. Then I’ll present a tutorial on troubleshooting port forwarding. There will be time for audience questions as well.

This is the first in what will be a monthly recurring series. Each month, we’ll have a how to tutorial on a specific topic or area of the system, and updates on development and other happenings with the project. We have several topics in mind, but also welcome community suggestions on topics (if nothing else, that will help us prioritize).
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pfSense 2.1 on AWS EC2

November 21st, 2013 by Jim Thompson

We now have pfSense 2.1 available on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Finally.

All instances are currently 64-bit, and thus require HVM.  As such, the EC2 types which are supported are somewhat limited.

Currently there are two versions.   There is a pfSense Certified release available in the AWS Marketplace.  You can find it here: Netgate pfSense Certified Router/Firewall/VPN
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We’re looking for a new support person

November 13th, 2013 by Jim Thompson

First, note the new skin on the blog (and elsewhere around pfsense.org).   Jared has been busy on both the front-end and back-end of the various websites (blog, forum, etc.)  Huge props to him for his efforts.

Second, due to growth in our commercial support, development and rebranding services, we’re in need of a consultant.  Unless you live in Austin, TX, this is a full time (40 hours a week), permanent, work from home position. Exact hours will depend on the chosen candidate’s preference, but need to be mostly sometime between 8 PM and 8 AM US Eastern time to provide coverage for overseas customers.
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… by any other name

September 16th, 2013 by Jim Thompson

Howdy,

If you’ve downloaded pfSense 2.1, you might have noticed that the footer has changed.  What used to say “BSD Perimeter” now says “ESF”.   In early Spring it became apparent that we should consider a reorganization of the company.  BSD Perimeter is still incorporated in Kentucky, but all of the directors and owners live in Texas.   Re-incorporating gave us chance to clean up a few issues, and to change the name, signaling a break with the past.
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pfSense Gold Subscription Now Available!

September 15th, 2013 by Chris Buechler

pfSense Gold is our $99 per year premium membership subscription program, designed to provide special benefits to our members while supporting ongoing development of the Open Source pfSense project.  We hope this dual benefit will make Gold a program worth subscribing to.

Current exclusive benefits for Gold members include:

  • Access to our AutoConfigBackup secure cloud based backup service for up to 10 hosts.**
  • Immediate pre-publication access to the updated pfSense: The Definitive Guide book in PDF, fully updated for the pfSense 2.1 release. This is a significant update to the current book, and currently has approximately 200 additional pages. PDF available for immediate download after purchase!
  • Monthly online MeetUp!  Video conference using Google Hangouts or similar technology, hosted by a rotating selection of core developers with occasional special guests.  We will announce demos / topics in advance and take general questions from the audience.

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pfSense 2.1-RELEASE now available!

September 15th, 2013 by Chris Buechler

I’m proud to announce the release of pfSense 2.1, and our new Gold Subscription! The 2.1 book and our AutoConfigBackup service, available for years to support subscribers, are immediately available today to Gold subscribers. See this post for details. Onto the release!

This release brings many new features, with the biggest change being IPv6 support in most every portion of the system. There are also a number of bug fixes, and touch ups in general. It’s making its way to the mirrors now, and should be on all of them by end of day Sunday. The complete list of significant changes follows, and can also be found here including more details. If you want to see every single individual change, check out RELENG_2_1 commits in our github here and the 469 completed tickets in our redmine here.
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Training at EuroBSDCon 2013

August 29th, 2013 by Chris Buechler

We’re doing a full day training tutorial session at EuroBSDCon 2013. Details on their website. Look forward to seeing some of you there!