Results of the Pi-hole User Survey

Staying Free

Pi-hole will remain free in both meanings of the word: free of charge and open source.  We know the survey spooked many of your fears and you may have considered several worst case scenarios.  We heard you loud and clear, you don’t want us to charge money for Pi-hole and we won’t.

In it’s current state, Pi-hole is free of charge and can be used to protect your privacy–a human right to which everyone is entitled.  And we intend to keep it that way.  At the end of this article, you will find some information on how much it costs to run Pi-hole from month-to-month; something you wanted to know based on the survey.  This will be specific, including the salaries needed to allow us to develop full/part time and bring you more updates and features faster while also providing you better support.  It will also include the cost of support and QA/testing, marketing, research, business development, legal, operational, etc. Continue reading “Results of the Pi-hole User Survey”

PSA: Issue With Pi-hole, DoH, and dnsmasq

[UPDATE: 2018-04-18: 05:51]

The latest version of FTLDNS (vDev-3656ba2) now fixes this issue.  We have modified it to spawn child processes for handling individual TCP queries.  By this, Netflix (or any other application) shouldn’t be able to claim the resolver for itself, thus solving the issue.

If you have been beta testing FTLDNS, and want to get this update you’ll need to run a few commands:

cd /etc/.pihole
git fetch && git pull
pihole -r

Subsequent updates can simply be acquired with pihole -up, which didn’t work until you have the latest code acquired from the previous commands.

[UPDATE: 2018-04-10: 14:39]

We have determined the crash happens when dnsmasq stalls out after receiving an invalid TCP request from Netflix.

In the short term, you can run these iptables commands if you want to prevent the issue from happening:

sudo iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --destination-port 53 -j REJECT 
sudo iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p udp --destination-port 53 -j ACCEPT

Continue reading “PSA: Issue With Pi-hole, DoH, and dnsmasq”

Pi-hole User Survey

The survey is now complete.  Thanks to those who contributed.

Pi-hole has grown far beyond what any of us could have imagined.  As Pi-hole continues to evolve, we are looking at what Pi-hole is and if it’s meeting the demands of the market.  An experienced product manager has been helping us and has put together two surveys.  If you’re willing, please consider filling one of them out.

  • If you are already using Pi-hole, please fill out this short survey.
  • If you have not installed Pi-hole before, please fill out this short survey

Here is SurveyMonkey’s privacy policy if you are concerned about it.