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February Hang Out this Friday, February 21

Our February Hang Out for Support and Gold subscribers will be this Friday, February 21, at 13:00 US Central time. You’ll find the link and other information under “February 2014 Hang Out” after logging in to the members area.

We’re going to discuss VPN options and where each is most appropriate, then continue on to an introduction to IPsec. There will be some time for questions at the end.

Also, mark your calendars for March 21 at the same time for next month’s session.

Recordings of Hang Outs available

The video and audio recording and slides from January’s hang out are available for Gold and Support subscribers after logging in to the members section.

You’ll see the “Hang Outs Archive” link there after logging in.

If you’re not yet a subscriber and want a taste of what these are like, December’s video and audio archive is freely available here: pfSense December Hang Out recording

The slides for December are up for members only at the same place as the January files noted above.

We’ll have a post up soon with the specifics for February’s session.

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

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

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

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

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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We’re looking for a new support person

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

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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