pfSense 2.0 Beta 1

pfsense-logoChris Buechler has announced the availability of the first beta release of pfSense 2.0, a FreeBSD-based firewall system.

Our Christmas gift to the community is the 2.0 release reaching the beta milestone. The release is feature complete, with no new features being added, and should stay relatively stable throughout the remainder of the development process.

That’s not to say it’s production-ready though, most of our developers are using it in production and have been for months, but unless you have a solid understanding of the underlying system and can manually verify the configuration, 2.0 is not yet for you. If you have a non-critical environment where you can try it out, you can find the latest build on the snapshot server.

Read the complete release announcement for further details and known issues

Released: PC-BSD 8.0-BETA

pc-bsd logo 100x100Kris Moore announced on New Year’s day the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-BETA (Hubble Edition).

Version 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-Release
  • KDE 4.3.4
  • Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
  • Run in Live mode directly from DVD
  • Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly
  • Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64

Version 8.0-BETA of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors, and will be available shortly as bittorrent from

In order to prepare for 8.0-Release, please report any bugs to the Trac Database! Discussion regarding testing etc are taking place on the testing mailinglist.


Dru Lavigne has finished the first draft of the Definitive Guide for PC-BSD. This book is based on PC-BSD 8 and is written for the novice user. Will keep you posted when the final paper version is published.

pfSense on FLOSS (audio interview)

pfsense logo 100x100Scott Ullrich and Chris Buechler, the guys behind the pfSense project, have been interviewed by Randal Schwartz and Leo Laporte on FLOSS 101. (via)

FLOSS Weekly is a podcast covering free and open source software.

Will Backman has interviewed Randal Schwartz on BSDTalk (24 mins). They talk about Randal’s early experiences with BSD, permissive licenses, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, perl, the BSDFund credit card, and the Floss Weekly podcast.

Released: pfSense 1.2.3

pfsense logo 100x100Chris Buechler has announced pfSense 1.2.3

1.2.3 release is now available! This is a maintenance release in the 1.2.x series, bringing an updated FreeBSD base, some minor enhancements, some bug fixes, and a couple security updates. We’ve been waiting a few weeks in anticipation of a FreeBSD security advisory for the SSL/TLS renegotiation vulnerability, which came last week and allowed us to finalize the release.

The primary changes from 1.2.2 are:

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2
  • Embedded switched to nanobsd
  • Dynamic interface bridging bug fix
  • IPsec connection reloading improvements
  • Dynamic site to site IPsec
  • Sticky connections enable/disable
  • Ability to delete DHCP leases
  • Polling fixed
  • ipfw state table size
  • Server load balancing
  • UDP state timeout increases
  • Disable auto-added VPN rules option
  • Multiple servers per-domain in DNS forwarder overrides
  • No XMLRPC Sync rules fixed
  • Captive portal locking replaced
  • Outbound load balancer replaced

For futher details, the changelog and download info, visit the pfSense 1.2.3 page

BSDTalk interview with Josh Paetzel (iXsystems)

BSDTalk has a 12 minute interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems. Will and Josh talk about the recent takeover of the FreeNAS project by iXsystems.

FreeNAS will stay FreeBSD-based, with the ZFS file system and the project will stay open source. The roadmap and some other things are still being thought about and worked on.

BSDTalk 182 – Listen to the podcast: MP3 | OGG

PC-BSD 8.0 – Last alpha version

PC-BSD LogoLast weekend brought about the latest alpha release of the upcoming PC-BSD 8.0. This is the first build based on FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE, with KDE 4.3.4, NVIDIA driver 195.22 (32-bit and 64-bit drivers included), a re-written system installer, and new artwork.

Here are some of the notable changes:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE
  • NVIDIA 195.22 drivers
  • KDE 4.3.4
  • brand new SysInstaller with new look and feel, new backend, support for a wider variety of file system layouts, ability to change and try different keyboard layouts
  • install either PC-BSD or FreeBSD from the same disk
  • Using glabel on file systems to prevent issues with device renaming
  • improved splash graphics, theme data
  • fixed KDE printer tool in system settings
  • added new tool, ‘Life Preserver’, which allows backing up the system to a remote SSH + rsync system.

The current PC-BSD alpha is now considered feature complete, with the developers starting to focus on bug fixing rather than on adding new features.

According to the release announcement, a first public beta of PC-BSD 8.0 is expected within the next two weeks.

Please help us test. Feedback can be given on the testing mailing list

FreeNAS ready for the next step – Future of FreeNAS

freenas logo 100x100Olivier Cochard-Labbé, the original founder of the FreeNAS Project, has indicated that FreeNAS is in need of some big modification to remove some of its current  limitations (one of the biggest is the non support of easly users add-ons).

This will probably require a full-rewrite of the FreeNAS base.

He also mentions that plans with regards to the future of FreeNAS are:

– Volker, the current FreeNAS project leader and main developer, will create a new project called “‘OpenMediaVault” based on a GNU/Linux using all its experience acquired with all its nights and week-ends spent to improve FreeNAS during the last 2 years. He still continue to work on FreeNAS (and try to share its time with this 2 projects).

ixsystems logo– And, a great surprise: iXsystems, a company specialized in professional FreeBSD  products and services, has offered to take FreeNAS under their wings as an open source community driven project. This  mean that they will involve their professionals FreeBSD developers to FreeNAS! Their manpower will permit to do a full-rewriting of FreeNAS.

Olivier will come back to actively work on FreeNAS and begin to upgrade it to FreeBSD 8.0 (that is “production ready” for ZFS).

FreeNAS is a free NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server, supporting: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, iSCSI protocols, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, Software RAID (0,1,5) with a Full WEB configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 32MB once installed on Compact Flash, hard drive or USB key.

Released: m0n0wall 1.3

m0n0wall logo 100x100Manuel Kasper has announced m0n0wall 1.3.

“After almost three years in beta, I have decided that m0n0wall 1.3 is now good enough for production. It’s basically a re-release of 1.3b18, with two fixes thrown in. No major bugs have been reported anymore, but as always, upgrade on your own risk .

Major changes in this release (since 1.23):

  • switched base operating system to FreeBSD 6.4
  • consolidated net45xx, net48xx and wrap images into a single “embedded” image
  • switched bridge implementation to if_bridge: bridge member  interfaces will now always be filtered (the filtering bridge option has been removed)
  • IPv6 support (enable on advanced setup page)
  • firewall support for IPsec traffic
  • IPsec NAT-T, DPD and dynamic tunnels
  • countless bugfixes and other improvements

If you’re upgrading a 1.2 generic-pc installation, you need to install 1.3b7 before you install 1.3 (because the image is too big to fit in the MFS that 1.2 allocates for the firmware upgrade).

If you’re upgrading a 1.2 net45xx/net48xx/wrap installation, you need to rename the embedded image to reflect your platform before you upload it (this is a one time thing only).”


GhostBSD – Gnome based FreeBSD liveCD

PC-BSD is currently the best well-knows FreeBSD based OS for desktop use, but it’s  KDE  based. Though there’s a Gnome PBI available, those interested in Gnome as desktop interface may want to have a look at GhostBSD, the Gnome based FreeBSD system for desktop use.

GhostBSD 1.0 has the following new features: Procfs, kernel sound support. Exaile, more Gstreamer plugins, Swfdec plugin, Xchat, cpu run coller.

The website is not finished yet  (can do with some enhancing) and doesn’t have much of background info, but version 1.0 is available for download. for details.