[OpenWrt-Devel] Introducing the LEDE project
jow at openwrt.org
Tue May 3 13:59:55 EDT 2016
we'd like to introduce LEDE, a reboot of the OpenWrt community
The project is founded as a spin-off of the OpenWrt project and shares
many of the same goals.
We are building an embedded Linux distribution that makes it easy for
developers, system administrators or other Linux enthusiasts to build
and customize software for embedded devices, especially wireless routers.
The name 'LEDE' stands for 'Linux Embedded Development Environment'.
Members of the project already include a significant share of the most
active members of the OpenWrt community.
We intend to bring new life to Embedded Linux development by creating a
community with a strong focus on transparency, collaboration and
LEDE’s stated goals are:
- Building a great embedded Linux distribution with focus on stability
- Having regular, predictable release cycles coupled with community
provided device testing feedback.
- Establishing transparent decision processes with broad community
participation and public meetings.
We decided to create this new project because of long standing issues
that we were unable to fix from within the OpenWrt project/community:
1. Number of active core developers at an all time low, no process for
getting more new people involved.
2. Unreliable infrastructure, fixes prevented by internal disagreements
and single points of failure.
3. Lack of communication, transparency and coordination in the OpenWrt
project, both inside the core team and between the core team and the
rest of the community.
4. Not enough people with commit access to handle the incoming flow of
patches, too little attention to testing and regular builds.
5. Lack of focus on stability and documentation.
To address these issues we set up the LEDE project in a different way
compared to OpenWrt:
1. All our communication channels are public, some read-only to
non-members to maintain a good signal-to-noise ratio.
2. Our decision making process is more open, with an approximate 50/50
mix of developers and power users with voting rights.
3. Our infrastructure is simplified a lot, to ensure that it creates
less maintenance work for us.
4. We have made our merge policy more liberal, based on our experience
with the OpenWrt package github feed.
5. We have a strong focus on automated testing combined with a
simplified release process
If you're interested in participating or want to learn more about the
project, check out https://www.lede-project.org/.
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