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pfSense® News

pfSense® News

13 Years of pfSense® Software! And an a hui hou.

This month marks thirteen years of pfSense software releases! It’s amazing to reflect on how the project and community have grown and evolved over the years. Looking back on the journey, Netgate is proud of its involvement and contributions. A few interesting factoids:

  • pfSense® software was forked from m0n0wall in 2004, and first released in October 2006.
  • 6 more releases occurred between 2006 and 2012: 1.2 and 1.2.1 in 2008; 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 in 2009; 2.0 and 2.0.1 in 2011
  • Since 2012 Netgate has been both the underwriter and steward of the pfSense project. In 2012, the project had an installed base of nearly 100,000 instances, but was significantly challenged by reliability, supportability, and scalability issues.
  • From 2012 to present, Netgate has contributed over 60% of the 39,892 code commits through Release 2.4.4-p3. Notable contributions include a completely rewritten and modernized GUI; GUI internationalization support for 18 languages; a completely rewritten package manager; a fully redesigned build system and refactored build processes for improved reliability; and strong IPsec support via IKEv2 and AES-GCM crypto - all of which substantially improved reliability, supportability, and scalability.
  • Netgate has provided a rewritten, scalable Automated Configuration Backup (ACB) - first as a pfSense package, but now built into core software - enabling instant, secure offsite backups of firewall configurations with no user intervention
  • 65 security advisories have been issued by Netgate - each describing problem, impact, and resolution - a testament to the company’s ethos that security is a right, not a privilege
  • Netgate has contributed 43 pfSense releases - each a compiled and fully tested binary accompanied by a release package, installer, documentation, and distribution
  • pfSense software has had well over a million consumer, home-lab, SMB, enterprise, educational institution, government agency, and service provider installations - across literally every continent on the planet

TNSR 19.08 Now Available!

Today, Netgate® announces the availability of TNSR™ Release 19.08. This marks our sixth major release in as many quarters and we’re proud of the progress! 19.08 delivers a host of feature improvements throughout the product, with several key router and firewall capabilities driven by customer requests.

Impact of Tariff Increases

Back in February we posted a blog on how impending tariff increases might impact Netgate appliance prices. The US Government imposed tariffs on a variety of imported goods from China - including a number of hardware sub-components we use in our products - on March 2, 2019. We made no price changes to our products at that time. Another round of tariffs is now being imposed beginning September 1, 2019. As much as we’d love to shield our customers from trade war activity, we also have to run a business.

Choosing the Right Netgate® Appliance

The Impact of Hardware Architecture and Software

TNSR™ Release 19.05 is here!

Today, Netgate® announces the availability of TNSR Release 19.05. We’ve been slammed with customer engagement activity since Release 19.02 back in February - and those engagements have given us strong insight into how we need to buttress the product to continue its leadership in moving FD.io’s Vector Packet Processing (VPP) strength from open-source, packet processing ‘project’ software to battle-ready enterprise and service provider firewall, VPN and routing solutions.

Calling All Zanata Translators

If you are one of our 400+ pfSense® translators, we want to make you aware of an important change.

pfSense 2.4.4-RELEASE-p3 now available

We are pleased to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.4.4-p3, now available for new installations and upgrades!

TNSR 19.02 is Here!

The TNSR™ journey continues. Two weeks ago, we announced the arrival of TNSR Business, a companion product to TNSR Enterprise. Both products now have expanded feature sets owing to our latest TNSR software release, 19.02.

pfSense 2.5.0 Development Snapshots Now Available

We are excited to announce public availability of development snapshots for pfSense® software version 2.5.0!

Come on the Journey with Us

Today, Netgate® announced its newest software product, TNSR™ Business. TNSR Business is a companion offer to TNSR Enterprise, first released in June 2018. TNSR Business is a key step in the fulfillment of our vision: fast, secure, and affordable movement of information is a right for everyone. To make that possible, we had to embark on a new journey - one we hope you’ll choose to join.


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