pfSense 2.3-RELEASE Now Available!

We are happy to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.3!

The most significant changes in this release are a rewrite of the webGUI utilizing Bootstrap, and the underlying system, including the base system and kernel, being converted entirely to FreeBSD pkg. The pkg conversion enables us to update pieces of the system individually going forward, rather than the monolithic updates of the past.  The webGUI rewrite brings a new responsive look and feel to pfSense requiring a minimum of resizing or scrolling on  a wide range of devices from desktop to mobile phones.

For the highlights, check out the Features and Highlights video. Past blog posts have covered some of the changes, such as the performance improvements from tryforward, and the webGUI update.

The full list of changes is on the 2.3 New Features and Changes page.

To get to a release, we’ve closed 760 total tickets.  While the majority of these were related to the Bootstrap conversion, 137 are fixed bugs impacting 2.2.6 and earlier releases.

Upgrade Considerations

As always, you can upgrade from any prior version directly to 2.3. The Upgrade Guide covers everything you’ll need to know for upgrading in general.  There are a few areas where additional caution should be exercised with this upgrade.

For those upgrading from a 2.3 beta or RC version to final, please see this post.

Known Regressions

  • OpenVPN topology change – configuration upgrade code was intended to set upgraded OpenVPN servers to topology net30, rather than the new default of topology subnet. This is not working as intended in some cases, but has been fixed for 2.3.1. In the mean time, editing your OpenVPN server instance and setting the topology to “net30” there will accomplish the same thing and fix it.
  • IP aliases with CARP IP parent lose their parent interface association post-upgrade. Go to Firewall>Virtual IPs, edit the affected IP alias, pick the appropriate CARP IP parent, then save and apply changes. Make sure every virtual IP has something shown in the Interface column on firewall_virtual_ip.php.
  • IPsec IPComp does not work. This is disabled by default. Disable IPComp under VPN>IPsec, Advanced to work around if you’ve enabled IPComp. Bug 6167
  • IGMP Proxy does not work with VLAN interfaces. Bug 6099. This is a little-used component. If you’re not sure what it is, you’re not using it.

Any significant regressions discovered post-release will be added to this post.

Clear Browser Cache

Due to the many changes in the web interface, clearing your browser cache or doing a forced reload (shift+refresh) is a good idea after upgrading. If you see any cosmetic problems in the web interface post-upgrade, a stale browser cache is the likely reason.

Packages

The list of available packages in pfSense 2.3 has been significantly trimmed.  We have removed packages that have been deprecated upstream, no longer have an active maintainer, or were never stable. A few have yet to be converted for Bootstrap and may return if converted. See the 2.3 Removed Packages list for details.

pfSense software is Open Source

For those who wish to review the source code in full detail, the changes are all publicly available in three repositories on Github. 2.3-RELEASE is built from the RELENG_2_3_0 branch of each repository.

Main repository – the web GUI, back end configuration code, and build tools.
FreeBSD source – the source code, with patches of the FreeBSD 10.3 base.
FreeBSD ports – the FreeBSD ports used.

Download

Downloads are available on the mirrors as usual.

Downloads for New Installs

Downloads to Upgrade Existing Systems – note it’s usually easier to just use the auto-update functionality, in which case you don’t need to download anything from here. Check the Firmware Updates page for details.

Supporting the Project

Our efforts are made possible by the support our customers and the community. You can support our efforts via one or more of the following.

  • pfSense Store –  official hardware, apparel and pre-loaded USB sticks direct from the source.  Our pre-installed appliances are the fast, easy way to get up and running with a fully-optimized system. All are now shipping with 2.3 release installed.
  • Gold subscription – Immediate access to past hang out recordings as well as the latest version of the book after logging in to the members area.
  • Commercial Support – Purchasing support from us provides you with direct access to the pfSense team.
  • Professional Services – For more involved and complex projects outside the scope of support, our most senior engineers are available under professional services.

 

ownCloud 9 Introduces- Retention (Document Classification)

With the release of ownCloud 9 there are a number of new updates and features, including the retention feature. This new feature adds an extra level of organization and security to your files.

OC9EE Tagging & RetentionWith the release of ownCloud 9 there are a number of new updates and features, including the retention feature. This new feature adds an extra level of organization and security to your files.

Only ownCloud enables admins to set document classification rules and then, based on the defined classification, take action to enforce those rules. By leveraging a combination of new system and user tags, admins and users can decide how to classify a document. Further, admins can set policies that determine how long to retain a file based on the classification, and then automatically delete the file at the end of a defined retention period.

Here are two examples on how retention can be helpful in certain situations:

  1. Need to enable retention for documents related to an insurance claim? For this case, the admin creates a tag called “insurance claim,” and then sets a retention period of 7 years for documents classified as part of such a claim. A user can then tag a file that becomes part of an insurance claim. The file will be retained by the system for 7 years, and automatically deleted at the end of this period.
  1. Need to reduce risk by removing content once it has been used? For this case, the admin creates a hidden system tag and has ownCloud automatically assign it to all files uploaded to the system. A second rule evaluates the files, and if they have not been updated in more than 60 days, they are removed.

Want to learn more? Check out this video on how to use the retention feature, and be sure to sign up for the webinar, “What’s New in ownCloud 9,” on April 21st.

Features and Highlights of pfSense 2.3

Unless you’ve been completely out of the loop, you know that the official release of pfSense 2.3 is on the horizon. In anticipation of that event, Netgate, host of the pfSense® open-source software community and technical leader of the pfSense project, has put together a video that highlights many of the new and exciting changes in this release. Incalculable hours of engineering and testing time has been invested in this release. It’s certainly our biggest yet. As soon as it’s released, you can get it on official pfSense hardware at netgate.com. Enjoy!



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ownCloud 9.0.1 available

ownCloud 9.0 roundLast month we released ownCloud 9.0, bringing major new features like comments, tagging and remove-server auto complete to you. As always we’ve been working hard to polish this release further, improving performance, reliability and scalability with ownCloud 9.0.1. We recommend to update your ownCloud instance as soon as you can. For those waiting for the updater app to notify them of the 9.0 availability, you can expect this before the end of the week. Enterprises waiting for the ownCloud 9.0 Enterprise Edition can expect its release next week, building on the community release with extensive file control capabilities.

Improvements and Testing

Minor ownCloud releases bring stability, security and performance improvements to the stable release series. This release introduces over 120 improvements to core ownCloud functionality including sharing, CalDAV and CardDAV, external storage, encryption and much more. A detailed list you can find in the changelog here. In the area of security, we follow our acclaimed security process and will disclose any improvements in 2 weeks time.

We’d like to thank everybody who reported issues and helped us fix them.

ownCloud tests releases both through automated means and through manual testing. Our releases come when we have fixed all problems we could find. You can help us find issues which might impact you by joining the Test Pilots and giving releases a whirl before they go out!

Note that at the time of publishing this, some of the packages and the Appliances and virtual machine images were still building, we will have them up on owncloud.org/install in a few hours.

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