It’s the end of the year and so I would like to take this opportunity to recall all the things that have taken place in 2011. It has been a very successful year for the project again and we are looking forward to the hopefully even exciting year 2012.

At the beginning of 2011, IPFire 2.9 was released that came with the wonderful tool fireinfo from which we have learned very much. The kernel update brought more speed and hardware support and installation without any media was supported. Another major release IPFire 2.11 has been done in the third quarter of the year coming with OpenVPN net-to-net support and a bigger update for IPsec which adds IKEv2.

Besides that, additional eight core updates have been released to provide minor feature enhancements and bug fixes. In the middle of the year, we celebrated the release of the 50th core update for the second series of IPFire. It is a lot of work to keep the distribution up to date but it is even more important to regularly release security fixes as well.

The most noteworthy event was the release of a technical preview of IPFire 2.11 for the ARM architecture. There has been much talk about it in the press and online media and we are very glad that we created such an amazing thing, which merges the advantages from both worlds. The result is a very stable, feature-rich and less power consuming firewall appliance that is capable of much more things than a “hardware router” from your ISP.

We hope to have time to work much more on the ARM platform port for which we will need your support.

Merry Christmas, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, happy the other thing. If you would like to give the project a late Christmas present feel free to hit the donation button. This will help us to keep the project running and give us the opportunity to create more great things in the future.

We would like to thank all the people who contributed to the project in 2011 and invite everyone to get involved in 2012 too as we had such an amazing time.

Best wishes for 2012, the IPFire team