The latest pfSense FE has been released to pfSense Plus 21.02
Looks like a lot of big changes under the hood!
More to read about:
Some key points of interest:
3. What happens to pfSense FE?
pfSense FE - the historic fork of the pfSense open-source project that Netgate has pre-installed on its appliances, and via public cloud service providers - will be replaced with pfSense Plus. Existing Netgate customers running pfSense FE will be able to upgrade to pfSense Plus from the user interface.
11. Can I get pfSense Plus for my own hardware or virtual machine?
Today, pfSense Plus 21.02 is only available on Netgate appliances, AWS, and Azure platforms.
We plan to make pfSense Plus available for use on 3rd party hardware and select virtual machines by June 2021, if not sooner.
There will be a no charge path for home and lab use and a chargeable version for commercial use.
9. Does this mean Netgate is abandoning its open source heritage?
Absolutely not. Nothing has changed about our strong belief in, and commitment to, open source software. This is best expressed by specific evidentiary statements:
We are proud of our long heritage of giving back significant financial sponsorship, engineering and test resources, and upstreamed code to numerous open-source projects. Our project list includes Clixon, DPDK, FD.io/VPP, FreeBSD, Free Range Routing (FRR), Linux, pfSense, and strongSwan.
Netgate currently employs or contracts many developers with roles in the FreeBSD, pfSense, Clixon, and VPP/FD.io projects. Their contributions and responsibilities include development, administration, maintenance, release engineering, and foundation board membership. These developers, and many more at Netgate are regular contributors to these projects.
Netgate directly co-sponsors feature work. Very recent examples of contribution include kernel-resident WireGuard, QAT and EIP-97 crypto-offload, Intel i225 Ethernet drivers for FreeBSD, and a VRRP plugin for FD.io’s VPP.
From my understanding, it seems that they won’t be bringing ARM support to the community edition (or at least anytime soon), and future features with further deviate away from pfSense FE/Plus. Bit sad about that.
Understand why they’re doing it, been a happy pfSense user for years.
I tried opnsense a couple years back, but it just seemed way less mature and functional with a less logical UI.
Sounds like plus will be available for home and lab use at no charge as well? i.e., moving forward, for free home use you’ll still be able to run the full version of pfsense, its only if you’re in a commercial environment where the paid version will get more features it seems.
On balance I think I’m happy with this. I can run full fat at home for free, work can pay for proper support for the licensed version and if I need something quick and dirty/not massive feature set required, with no budget at work I can run CE.