Release roadmap? When should we expect 18.xx release?
hannu.nyman at iki.fi
Sun Feb 4 06:30:07 EST 2018
Have the devs reached any consensus about the next major release and the
roadmap toward it?
It is now over a year from the 17.01 branching, and the original 17.01.0 was
released in late February 2017. The stable 17.01 branch starts to feel old at
some points, especially regarding packages, so it would be great to have the
next major release out. Also, the 17.01 is branded LEDE, which may sound
dubious to some Openwrt purists. (There was also some talk about a
maintenance release for the ancient 15.05, but that sounds rather pointless.)
The merger has now happened at the source repo level, although it is
incomplete at some other points. But from source code perspective, I do not
think that there are that many roadblockers against the next major release.
There was active discussion in October 2017 about the next release with 4.9
and/or 4.14 kernels, but that was already four months ago. And I am not sure
if any final conclusion was reached. To me it sounded like a mixed 4.9/4.14
release could be possible. Discussion e.g. at thread starting at
Personally I see a 4.4/4.9/4.14 mix quite ok, as the main point is to offer a
recent stable platform for the vanilla users. Due to the volunteer work for
target and package maintenance, it will always be really hard to have all
platforms unified at the same kernel release. The key is to have the major
targets at a stable situation.
And from packages perspective, there is not much effort in backporting new
package versions to the stable branch, thus the stable branch gets left
behind rather soon after the release.
One of the original goals of LEDE forking was to get away from the slow
timescale of a really major release in every 2 years, and into a much quicker
release process. There was supposed to be a 17.06 release (as described in
the LEDE release roadmap in wiki history:
https://lede-project.org/releases/17.01/start?rev=1487176358 ), but that got
trampled over by the merger discussions, and then the prolonged merger
process further slowed things down. 17.01.4 alleviated the "stable release"
problem a bit, but the underlying 17.01 branch is getting old in any case.
So, hopefully the devs can define a release roadmap and the next major 18.X
release gets branched soon.
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