[OpenWrt-Devel] v5.4 as next kernel

Bjørn Mork bjorn at mork.no
Thu Oct 31 05:33:43 EDT 2019

John Crispin <john at phrozen.org> writes:

> Hi,
> should we use v5.4 as our next kernel ?

Hello John!

I am still struggling to understand how the project makes release
decisions.  I don't think your question makes sense without considering
target release dates, at least in a yearly resolution, given the massive
amount of work involved with switching kernel versions.

So my question is: Is it realistic to expect an OpenWrt release with
v5.4 next year?

Because if it isn't, then v5.4 is really a waste of time IMHO. You
should target the next longterm kernel after v5.4 instead for the first
2021 release.

And of course, if you think a 2020 release with v5.4 is realistic, then
there's an open question on what to do with v4.19.  Are two OpenWrt
releases next year likely/possible?  If not, then v5.4 should probably
replace v4.19 as the current target kernel as soon as possible.

Yes, I know what your meeting minutes says.  But two releases in 2019 is
obviously not going to happen. And personally I don't see how that's
suddenly going to change for 2020 unless you do something drastic to
simplify the release process. Yes, that means lowering the standards.
Maybe making releases that won't be maintained, and therefore don't need
to be "future proof"?


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