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DistroWatch.com: pfSense

pfSense

Last Update: 2017-02-21 02:56 UTC


pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. In addition to being a routing platform, pfSense includes a long list of related features and a package system which allows further expandability.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 138 (73), 6 months: 156 (63), 3 months: 143 (74), 4 weeks: 162 (48), 1 week: 161 (44)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 2 review(s).


pfSense Summary
Distribution pfSense
Home Page http://www.pfsense.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
User Forums http://forum.pfsense.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
Screenshots http://www.pfsense.org/screenshots/LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://www.pfsense.org/mirror.php?section=downloads
Bug Tracker http://redmine.pfsense.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.2: Linuxoid (Russian)
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-02-21: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.3
 • 2016-07-26: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.2
 • 2016-05-19: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.1
 • 2016-04-13: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3
 • 2016-04-01: Development Release: pfSense 2.3 RC
 • 2015-12-22: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.6
 • 2015-11-06: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.5
 • 2015-07-27: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.4
 • 2015-06-25: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.3
 • 2015-04-16: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.2
 • 2015-03-18: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.1
 • 2015-01-24: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2
 • More pfSense releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-02 pfSense customer support
 •2016-07-16 pfSense changes license
 •2016-07-07 pfSense status report
 • More pfSense headlines...

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Feature 2.3.3 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.2.3 1.0.1
Release Date 2017-02-21 2015-12-22 2014-06-25 2013-04-15 2009-12-11 2006-10-29
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from 2 review(s)



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Version: 2.3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-01-26
Votes: 5


I've been using pfSense for a home firewall OS for years & have found it to be an excellent & extremely stable distro. The most common issue I run into is needed to uninstall & reinstall the snort security package after some version upgrades (I use it to block suspicious activity). There is also a bit of manual configuration & messing around that can be an annoyance for home users like myself, but the effort is small compared to the sense of added security I get.
If you don't mind reading up a little bit on IT stuff before hand it is great, but a lot of the stuff here will go well beyond the vast majority of potential users.

Pros:
Not too hard to set up & fairly easy to admin; very stable & often goes for months without needing any intervention; the defaults generally work just fine for home users; the web browser based interface provides loads of configuration options & a fairly easy way to admin inspite of the excessive options that go way outside what I use it for; did I mention the added sense of security of having pfSense + Snort?

Cons:
Like I said above Snort is a great tool, but some upgrades necessitate a full uninstall & reinstall (meaning the start services & the simple reinstall don't always work); I have had one significant failure related to some oddball old hardware that didn't boot right after an upgrade, but there was a decent work around on the forms; the system may be almost easy enough for home users, but I definitely get the feeling that more technical/IT type knowledge than I have is needed to really get the full depth of the system & a lot of things will go far beyond most users.


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Version: 2.3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 0


Great distribution for advanced networking device or virtual lab setup.


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