On 09/27/2018 04:22 PM, Hauke Mehrtens wrote:
On 09/26/2018 09:38 AM, Koen Vandeputte wrote:
On 2018-09-23 00:42, Hauke Mehrtens wrote:
We talked about plans for the next OpenWrt releases in this mail thread:
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
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
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.
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Some targets are still on (EOL) kernel 3.18 today.
This kernel also still exists by the grace of Greg K-H but could be
dropped any moment.
I've bumped it a few times (untested) just for the sake of security
But afaict, nobody attempted/requested to update these to a newer kernel
These targets were also dropped in 18.06 branch.
Maybe we should also consider dropping support for these targets in master?
I vote for removing them if on one wants to take care of these targets.
If something breaks kernel < 4.9 I anyway do not care any more.
Considering that OpenWrt is volunteer spare time and hobby support, it
is probably prudent to aggressively drop old and less popular targets.
Considering 802.11ax is around the corner and (ac) is well established,
it won't be hard to find for example ath79 compatible devices in (ac) or
(n) as either new-overstock or used. They may not be able to push lots
of bandwidth, but if you have <~100Mbps internet they don't need to. If
you have >~200Mbps internet for example with DOCSIS3.1 provider, then
you probably need a newer dual-core device to take advantage of it.
Bottom line is it probably won't hurt to drop many targets, because
small budget users will still have plenty to chose from.
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