Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Final Finally Out!

Firefox 3 final has finally landed.  It is used to compose this article.  Hurray!

Download Day 2008

You can download it directly above and/or wait to make the world record together in a few hours at the Download Day 2008 home page.

Either way, enjoy the BEST browser in history, and let's make history.

Update: Don't forget to get your certificate after downloading!

Friday, June 13, 2008

A 2nd look at pfSense, is it really FREE?

Got a number of users asking me if pfSense is any good as a "free" (as in beer) multi wan solution, rather than spending few hundred bucks for a ready-to-go, optimized, multi-wan appliance.

Guys, is it REALLY FREE?

We haven't tried pfSense ourselves so it would be unfair if I try to belittle it in any way.  But depending on how you do the math, it is NOT free as a COMPLETE solution.  Here is the cost structure:
  • At the very least, you need a spare computer, see min hardware requirements.  (est. US$300)
  • Studying, installation, testing, tuning, deploying, testing again.  From a few hours to a day or two of hard work (est. US$400 for a good IT professional)
  • Obtaining commercial support (est. another few hundreds per year, maybe)
Obviously, I would not say this is a free solution.  If you don't agree, I beg to know why.

Update (June 16): I had tried to make it clear that I was not pointing my fingers to the quality of pfSense at the original post above, but obviously I failed in this regard. ;)  People just thought I was attacking the open source model in general.  That's not my intention.  I tried to bring the cost structure to the table and let everyone rethink the cost of any solution in a big picture.