First install of pfSense 2.4 (early snapshots)


  • Netgate

    • Based on FreeBSD 11-ALPHA5

    • Installed on Minnowboard Dual-E (Has two i211 Intel Ethernet)

    • Installed to ZFS

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  • Netgate

    Video of install process (end-to-end): https://youtu.be/bVGBytdtPPE


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    that is going to be sweet.. I might move pfsense off virtual when that baby comes out..  Anyone hear anything about pricepoint?



  • Looks pretty…  ;D





  • Where is this alpha image :) :) :)



  • Is pfSense moving to ZFS or is this just an experiment?



  • ZFS is sure nice but it ups the hardware requirements considerably. I do hope that it stays optional.


  • Netgate

    @Jailer:

    Is pfSense moving to ZFS or is this just an experiment?

    We (finally) moved from bsdinstaller to the (all but) stock installer for FreeBSD.  Getting ZFS is a side-effect.  UFS is also an option.

    @kpa:

    ZFS is sure nice but it ups the hardware requirements considerably. I do hope that it stays optional.

    As above, ZFS is a side-effect of fixing a long-standing issue.  Someone who shall remain nameless stuck the project with a foreign installer, and it's taken some time to unwind and correct that mistake.  ZFS isn't mandatory, but it will run fine in 2GB ram on an 8GB flash device.

    You should probably get used to the hardware requirements both climbing and lowering.  Climbing because I'm not going to hold back pfSense because of some perceived need to run everything on a 32-bit CPU (that Intel / MAD haven't made for years) with 1GB of RAM.

    Lowering because ARM.

    We invest tens of thousands of man hours every year developing pfSense.  Do you remember the complaints about how pfSense was always lagging the FreeBSD releases (by a lot)?  Did you notice that we're running FreeBSD 11-ALPHA5 here?



  • That sounds like a good move, I'm looking forward to it.

    And I agree, there's no sense in holding back development to support ancient hardware (says the guy who just recently ditched his P4 pfsense rig)  :)



  • Wow that's nice!

    Can't wait to run pfsense on a mirrored ZFS :D

    Thanks for all your efforts! :D



  • Are  there any updates on release date for pfSense 2.4 alpha/beta/release? :)



  • @jwt:

    We invest tens of thousands of man hours every year developing pfSense.  Do you remember the complaints about how pfSense was always lagging the FreeBSD releases (by a lot)?  Did you notice that we're running FreeBSD 11-ALPHA5 here?

    Yes I remember.  I was one of the complainers.  Thank you for picking up the pace.


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