let’s plan for the next 5 years: would you pay $645 + your hardware for pfsense or pay same or less money for a Cisco router with 5 years lifetime? (eg cisco meraki go)If $129 is a lot of money for someone they definitely don't need pfSense. Home AIO router for one time $100 is good enough.
I understand the anger when something free is taken away, but there will be less free things going further. The life is changing.
I would buy something from Cisco or Fortinet (with no license) with this amount of money over 5 years.