[OpenWrt-Hackers] State of the Union

Florian Fainelli f.fainelli at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 14:32:58 EST 2017

On 02/20/2017 08:33 AM, Imre Kaloz wrote:
> Dear developers and the broader community,
> As you know, we've had multiple discussions and meetings on merging and
> continuing the work together. OpenWrt is around for a long time now and
> grown way bigger than we've ever imagined it with Mike and Gerry in
> 2003. We've all learned a lot during these years but over a decade was
> also long enough to create internal politics and fractions. I really
> hope soon we won't speak about "sides" anymore, but for now, let me use
> that word due to the lack of a better one.
> I believe the fork threw new light upon some of the mistakes we've been
> doing - and the fact we all had to take a deep breath and rethink some
> of the habits and do away with them.
> There have been numerous delays while we've tried to address both sides'
> requests and fears. I've also spoken to multiple people personally "from
> the other side" to have a better insight on what and why happened.
> I would like to let you know that Mike is fine transferring the domain
> name to SPI. It's up to him to decide if he subsequent meetingwants to
> do the legal part of it - if not, I'll do. Having more people with root
> access to the OpenWrt infrastructure was also requested, Florian has
> root for quite some time now - I hope he was able to find his way around
> already ;)
> I believe there are topics we developers have to agree on and there are
> topics we should ask the community about. As you might remember, Hauke
> sent out the meeting notes on all past meetings. To be completely open,
> they went out as-is, which might have been confusing for some people. On
> the OpenWrt Summit we've said we all want to merge and on the next
> meeting we've agreed to stick to the OpenWrt name and sail under the
> same flag. This decision isn't up for the grabs, and I believe we've
> made the right choice on this one. Our community also includes the
> industry, and their efforts, contributions and needs should be also
> taken care of.
> Deciding on how the merged infrastructure will work or how will we
> handle some work-flow questions are also something I would call an
> "internal decision" - but there are open questions where I strongly
> believe we are not the ones who call the shots. To name a few, I have
> doubts on how user friendly the LEDE forum engine is vs punbb (what we
> use for OpenWrt), and we should ask the community on which one should
> remain at the end. Choosing the wiki engine should be next topic and
> there are a few more where we should have a survey - most of our
> community never uses the mailing lists.
> All in all, I hereby would like to ask for another (hopefully final)
> meeting between the sides. I strongly believe it's time to really bury
> the hatchet and continue working for the greater good - together.

I could not agree more, and now that the LEDE release is out
(congratulations btw) my hope is that we have all energies directed
towards the reunion now.

So when do we discuss things again?

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