I guess I can't complain because pfsense is free and has always been an excellent system. But, I am starting to get the impression this project may be coming to an end. I hope not, but I find it odd that the last snapshot was from July 4 2011 and it is now July 21st 2011. Also the release for 2.0 which was a major overhaul took more than 2 years to get an RC. I am not sure if the main people involved are tied up on other projects or what. James Dean has done a great job with his work on the snort package, but this day and age I would agree that snort should not be considered a optional package to install, it should be part of the base install and have the option to enable or disable it if needed.
I personally am glad now I took extra percautions with having an Untangle system in bridge mode behind my pfsense box. Stateful firewalls are not enough these days. I love the fine granular rules that can be used in pfsense, but hate that certain packages that I would consider are important break when updated versions come out. If I knew that snort was going to break on RC3, I would of rather stayed on RC2.
You can't get mad at James Dean for him using his own time to develope a package that should already be part of the base pfsense install.
No disrespect to pfsense, but people have options: Example: Astaro Home, Astaro Free Business edition, Endian, Untangle, ClearOS, Smoothwall, Ipfire, IPCOP, Zeroshell, SME server, vyatta, zentyal, ect... The list goes on. I only speak of what I have used and they all have snort as part of the base install and they are free. How can so many projects be wrong. But in defense to pfsense, they have a lot of packages that these others don't have. It all depends on your needs, but I think everyone here would say Snort in very important. To me the most important features are snort and country block. I am just glad country block is still working. That only takes away alot of threats.
I can honestly say that after using pfsense since 2005, I am starting to consider moving to either Endian, ClearOS, or Vyatta. I am thinking maybe Vyatta because it does everything pfsense can do and has all the base features. Again no disrespect to pfsense, it is just that after using the project for almost 6 years now. I don't think that you guys will get basic features in a stable format that will be handled by main developers.
I still appreciate all the years of using your project firewall, and thanks for that.