Hi, We talked about plans for the next OpenWrt releases in this mail thread: http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/openwrt-adm/2018-July/000849.html This mail is more or less a summary of the conclusions, this is still open for change especially the dates as this depends on people having time to do the work.
The next release, lets call it OpenWrt 19.01, should happen in January 2019, we would branch off from master in December 2018. This is the current plan, but based on past experience it could also happen later. OpenWrt 19.01 will ship with kernel 4.14 only, we encourage everyone to update the targets to kernel 4.14, support for kernel 4.19 will probably be added to OpenWrt master soon, but we will not select it as the default kernel for any target till OpenWrt 19.01 is branched off, to get more testing on 4.14. The release after 19.01, which should happen in late summer 2019, should then use kernel 4.19 only. For OpenWrt 19.01 GCC will stay on the 7.X branch, binutils and musl already got some upgrades after the 18.06 release and could get some more updates. We are currently working on updating the wireless drivers and getting them closer to upstream. The wireless driver in OpenWrt 19.01 will be taken from kernel 4.19 or later and we want to update them more frequently in master. Otherwise we will have the normal changes in all places like with every release. LEDE 17.01 will get security updates and occasional bug fixes till OpenWrt 19.01 was released, but we encourage everyone to upgrade to 18.06 to get full security support already now, as especially some of the packages are not well maintained any more. Hauke
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