Recently I contacted lead developers of different FreeBSD based projects and asked them about their development plans and ideas for 2011. Yesterday we looked at PC-BSD, let’s now see what the pfSense developers have in store.
As most of you will be aware, pfSense is a free, open source customised version of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.
Chris Buechler emailed the following update for 2011:
“2011 looks to be the best year yet for the project. We’ll have 2.0 release candidate 1 out this month. Final release soon after though it’s hard to put a timeline on that.
After that, we’ll be adding IPv6 support this year for the 2.1 release. That may be the only major new feature or change in the 2.1 release, which we expect by the end of 2011 at latest and probably sooner. We’re speeding up our release cycles and adding far fewer
things on each release, so we’ll have major releases out much more frequently going forward (in addition to any needed maintenance releases). The 2.0 release brings major enhancements to virtually every single piece of the system, and hence has taken a while to get through the release cycle. It’s looking very good now though.”
Thanks, Chris, for the update. Whishing you, Scott and the team a successful 2011. pfSense 2.0 is set to rock the routing/firewalling world and we’re all looking forward to its release.
If you, blog readers, have any requests, ideas or general views on pfSense, let us know via the comments below.