On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:10 AM, Eero Volotinen <eero.voloti...@iki.fi> wrote:

> Well. Does it require so much power, that I cannot run it on intel core2
> quad Q9400, 2.66Ghz processor (4 cores) ?

What a curious question.  It does not require "so much power" but it does 
require a minimum hardware spec, which that CPU will lack (no AESNI).

I can understand why people would be unhappy that their hardware becomes 
unsupported by a new release, but I also understand it's common in the 
computing industry and makes a lot of sense for Netgate to do this (reduced 
support costs; increased developer focus; etc.).  It's nice, also, they've laid 
out a roadmap for doing this and telegraphed clearly how they plan to support 
older hardware and for how long.  It's not like they just decided yesterday 
over a couple of pints at the pub to throw everyone without AESNI-capable CPUs 
under the bus right now.

I still have a CF NanoBSD-based pfSense installation running on Netgate 
hardware, and I appreciate they are still supporting 2.3, giving people like me 
time to migrate off to something else.



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