PDF version of the Book



  • Hi, will we, end users (I think that partners have it already), have the ability to purchase a digital version of the book?.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Due to the way the distribution rights are setup with the publisher, it won't happen any time soon in the US (if at all), because the print version is given priority.

    There is a site in the EU (http://www.applianceshop.eu) that has rights to sell the PDF, but (again due to distribution rights) is priced quite a bit higher than the print edition.



  • Yup, 55 euros against $33 is not nice. I'm from SouthAmerica. I would really love a digital version for the "search function", besides, my bookshelf is running out of space :s

    I've read in some posts that there are some erratas already, i'll probably buy the printed revision…



  • PDF option for 2.0 would be fantastic to use on the IPAD ;)

    And it could be distributed though the Ibooks store.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    You buy us iPads and we'll give you a PDF copy of the book ;-)

    (Kidding… Maybe.)



  • LMAO



  • Is there any way to convince the publisher that there are a lot of people looking for a pdf version?  I'd much rather have a pdf that I can search through instead of a book. Plus I'm on the fence on getting an ipad and one of the reasons is it's an excellent pdf reader.  Would be nice to be on-site troubleshooting and can just bring it up on notebook instead of lugging around a huge book.  This has been a reason I've held off on getting the book in hopes a pdf version becomes available (that isn't 55 euros :) ).

    Maybe put a clause in the contract for the v2.0 to make pdfs more distributable.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Last I heard the publisher was working with different electronic options, but at this rate the 2.0 book will be out before the electronic copies happen.  ;D

    Of course if you want a PDF now, you can get one (as you pointed out) for €55, or you could just get a commercial support subscription  :P



  • Has the book become freely available now? If so, great.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    No, it is not free.

    (I removed your link, since it was a link to an unauthorized copy)



  • …don't mean to "attack" you apmuthu, but I figured I say something about those wanting all for free, as in pdf'ing books...  I am new to pfSense, but not new to life, so won't stand on this soapbox for long... pfSense is free already, much work has gone and is going into it's developing... such as most of the work by the Open Source community.  Publishing the book (pdf or hardcopy) and asking for some cash in return is a small way to get something back for all the free work.  In my opinion it is peanuts for what you are getting in pfSense.

    Reason I am a bit peaved, is I know another "freeloader" who downloads free Windows software and uses it, books, music, etc. and calls me an idiot for using Linux, bying music CDs, etc. and spending the time trying to figure things out...  Just because pirated stuff is made available, it does not mean that it is proper to use it -- I bet you'd be peaved if your work got stolen and was widely used, and you got nothing for it...



  • njaimo - I assume then when you say free Windows software you meant to say pirated software? I use a lot of legitimately free software (OpenOffice, Firefox etc) on Windows and there's nothing wrong with that ;)

    (I do agree with the overall point of your thread, I just thought a little clarity was called for before this thread turned into a flamewar)



  • …yes, pirated, as in MS Windows 7, MS Windows 2008 Server, MS Windows Office... he's got all three...  I did not mean free Open Source software for the Windows OS...



  • …got my copy of the book from Amazon last week.  Are things going to change much in pfSense 2.0 ?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    The fundamentals of network won't change, and there are several areas that are the same or similar, but there are a lot of changes in 2.0. The book for 2.0 will be coming, but it won't be any time soon (perhaps a year or so would be an aggressive estimate at this stage)



  • I didn't see it mentioned here, but Amazon is selling it for the nook now for $30. (assuming epub format or similar) I thought i'd let you know in case this isn't supposed to be available digitally. Otherwise, neat :-) Especially since "there's an app for that"

    Just purchased the physical copy myself however :-) I personally like having the physical book, but it would be "convenient" to have a digital copy to quickly reference away from home/work.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Yeah we just got the Kindle version going a couple weeks ago. That's a good way to get it, too. I still prefer dead trees for such things, but PDF/Kindle/etc are good for searching.



  • What's the general opinion of the Kindle version of the 'pfsense definitive guide'?
    The only review specific to the kindle on Amazon says it's a poor experience.. so can anyone recommend either the kindle version over the paperback?



  • I have the paperback and its fantastic.  I can't imagine that the Kindle version would be a problem though, Kindle books are generally very good.



  • I have the paperback and its fantastic.  I can't imagine that the Kindle version would be a problem though, Kindle books are generally very good.

    It's ugly at times, but I like it quite a bit.  Can't wait for the new version though so the features described/listed match the version I'm running.  :)



  • @Derek:

    It's ugly at times, but I like it quite a bit.  Can't wait for the new version though so the features described/listed match the version I'm running.  :)

    That to me sounds like the kindle version is 'OK' but has some rough edges… just want to make sure that I don't end up buying the paperback after buying the kindle version.



  • Would just like to add: money is burning in my pocket to buy a v2.0 of the book, preferably a PDF, but paper still works for me :)



  • I tried to buy the kindle version of it tonight, but for some reason it isn't available anymore for Kindle (as far as I can tell).


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Amazon had flagged some formatting issues in the book, last I heard the publisher was working to fix it up and get it posted again. It looks like the Kindle version is available again now.


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