2.0-RC1 Now Available!

February 28th, 2011 by Chris Buechler

Years and many thousands of hours in the making, pfSense 2.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available! Most of the mirrors are synced up and have it available now, with the remaining couple syncing within the next few hours.

List of new features and changes is available here.

This is considered a stable release suitable for production use, as we’ve already widely deployed it over the past several months in beta and upgraded numerous systems to RC1 over the weekend. This is the preferred version for new installations at this point.

For existing 1.2.x users, upgrading will be a smooth process for most if not all scenarios. Some portions of the configuration are considerably different now than in 1.2.x releases, and we suspect there may be some configuration upgrade problems remaining, though we aren’t aware of any specific issues at this time and have tested a wide variety of configurations. If you encounter any upgrade issues, please post to the 2.0 board on the forum with information.

Please report any problems, questions or comments to the 2.0 board on the forum.


New installs


How many more RC releases (if any) we will see and when the final official release happens is yet to be determined. It will see wider use now, but we were already seeing in excess of 2500 unique IPs per week downloading 2.0 snapshots, so it’s been widely tested.


Warren Baker and Scott Ullrich talks about pfSense on PaulDotCom security weekly!

January 19th, 2011 by Scott Ullrich

Last week Warren Baker and Scott Ullrich appeared on the PaulDotCom security weekly podcast to talk about pfSense and many other fun items.

Download the podcast archive here and enjoy!

Coming soon…2.0-RC1

November 28th, 2010 by Chris Buechler

We’re aiming for the first 2.0 release candidate soon. We need your help to reach that milestone. The vast majority of the open tickets are in state feedback, meaning they need testing and commonly feedback from the initiator of the ticket (or someone else who can test that specific scenario). If you have opened any tickets currently marked as feedback, please follow up there. If you’re in a position to help test any of those, or contribute fixes for the few that are still open, we’d appreciate the help. ¬†Thanks!

NYCBSDCon early registration ending soon

October 31st, 2010 by Chris Buechler

Reminder that NYCBSDCon early registration is ending soon. I’ll be there presenting on pfSense. Hope to see some of you there. These conferences are always a great opportunity to talk with users, and for anyone with deployment or business plans in mind, we frequently meet up during the social events or elsewhere outside the event to talk.

pfSense interview on The BSD Show

September 22nd, 2010 by Chris Buechler

Jim Pingle was interviewed on The BSD Show recently, he did a nice job discussing the project in general. Also available, the B-sides with outtakes from the interview. Another pfSense developer, Erik Fonnesbeck, joined the original recording but due to technical difficulties the recording had to be done over and he wasn’t able to join the re-recording. Thanks to Jim and Erik for their contributions, and helping to get the word out about the project!

Reminder: Training tutorial at EuroBSDCon 2010

September 20th, 2010 by Chris Buechler

A reminder that we’ll be presenting a half day pfSense 2.0 training tutorial at EuroBSDCon 2010, coming up in just over two weeks. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the projects, and meet at least two of our main developers in person, as well as have discussions with us outside of the normal conference schedule. Look forward to seeing many of you there.

Schedule posted for NYCBSDCon 2010, including pfSense

September 20th, 2010 by Chris Buechler

The schedule has been posted for NYCBSDCon 2010, to be held at Manhattan’s prestigious Cooper Union on November 12-14, 2010. I will be there presenting a talk on pfSense, covering what we’ve been doing lately and where we’re going in the near future. The schedule looks great, hope to see many of you there!

pfSense 2.0 tutorial at EuroBSDCon 2010

August 8th, 2010 by Chris Buechler

EuroBSDCon 2010 will be held October 8-10, 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany. I will be in attendance presenting a training-focused tutorial on pfSense 2.0. I’m also looking forward to numerous other great looking presentations.

The BSD conferences offer a great opportunity to learn and network with numerous people working on the BSD operating systems and derived projects, and are always a lot of fun too. I’m looking forward to another great conference, and hope to see many of you there.

Early registration is open through the end of this month.

List of 2.0 New Features and Changes

May 3rd, 2010 by Chris Buechler

Haven’t had a post up here in a while, but for anyone who watches our git repository, you know development never ceases. Vast amounts of work have gone into 2.0 this year, and it really shows. We’re deploying it in production, though generally recommend you don’t yet.

A work in progress list of 2.0 new features and changes is available. I think that has most of the changes, but it’s definitely missing some. If you notice anything that was missed, please leave a comment. We’ll be adding to it as we review the list more in the coming days.

It’ll be released sometime this year.

pfSense 2.0 training at BSDCan 2010

March 1st, 2010 by Chris Buechler

We will be having a half day training session on pfSense 2.0 at BSDCan 2010. It will cover as many of the changes in the 2.0 release as time permits. The schedule is not available yet, however registration is open. The full schedule will be available soon.

BSDCan is always a great conference, and we look forward to meeting many of you there.

For those who can’t make it, we will be doing the same training session online sometime after BSDCan.