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DistroWatch.com: OPNsense


Last Update: 2017-11-21 05:23 UTC

OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. It is developed by Deciso B.V. in the Netherlands. Some of the features of OPNsense include forward caching proxy, traffic shaping, intrusion detection, two-factor authentication and easy OpenVPN client setup. The project's focus on security brings a number of unique features, such as the option to use LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL (selectable in the GUI) and a custom build based on HardenedBSD. OPNsense also includes an update mechanism that delivers important security updates in a timely fashion.

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Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 9 review(s).

OPNsense Summary
Distribution OPNsense
Home Page https://opnsense.org/
Mailing Lists https://opnsense.org/support-overview/mailing-list/
User Forums https://forum.opnsense.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://docs.opnsense.org/
Screenshots https://opnsense.org/about/features/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://opnsense.org/download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/opnsense/core/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.7
 • 2017-07-17: Development Release: OPNsense 17.7 RC1
 • 2017-01-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.1
 • 2016-12-16: Development Release: OPNsense 17.1 Beta
 • 2016-07-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 16.7
 • 2016-07-04: Development Release: OPNsense 16.7 RC1
 • 2016-01-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 16.1
 • More OPNsense releases...

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Feature 17.7.8 16.7.14 15.7.18
Release Date 2017-11-21 2017-01-25 2015-11-09
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Version: 17.7.5
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-16
Votes: 3

I've moved to OPNsense from pfSense. The OPNsense team has made many worthwhile improvements (improved GUI, numerous security updates, fixed, and choices) to the project and are much more responsive. There have been some bugs, which is expected with a newish project, that have been quickly fixed. At the moment, I would recommend this as the SOHO/SMB FW distribution of choice, but would recommend a commercial solution in an enterprise environment.

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Version: 17.7
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-08-22
Votes: 0

Far better design than pfSense, and running on a more recent, more standard, better hardened FreeBSD. But there are major bugs in the more complex functions, such as handling MultiWAN and CARP VIP assignments, which when brought to the attention of the developers -- who in general are nice guys -- are beyond their abilities to comprehend or fix, perhaps because inherited from the poor coding practices in the remaining pfSense codebase.

If you have a simple home router setup, this is the bees knees. For sophisticated business environments, the concepts here are good, but the execution is inadequate.

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Version: 17.7
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-10
Votes: 9

Many great improvements when comparing it to pfSense. Especially the GUI is way more polished. Under the hood the changes are significant too, a lot of ancient code has been rewritten from scratch. The developers are kind and respectful, in my very own experience they take every idea/bug report/suggestion serious.

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