[OpenWrt-Devel] OpenWrt 20.X release plans
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Fri Jan 17 14:46:29 EST 2020
On 1/17/20 11:14 AM, Andreas Ziegler wrote:
> although i'm more a user than a developer, i would also prefer a sooner
> release based on 4.19 over a later release based on 5.4.
I have the same feeling. The state of many targets on 4.19 is pretty good IMHO.
So i think a timely release somewhere around march/april is possible (as soon as
the ramips situation is sorted out). I think we can aim for a 5.4 release somewhere
in late autumn / winter, as targets will be gradually migrated.
> Maybe it's the same problem, too atheros-centric ;-)
> Michal Cieslakiewicz wrote on 16.01.20 19:43:
>> Speaking as a small part-time contributor of some Netgear WN(D)R routers
>> code, please reconsider if jumping over 4.19 straight to 5.4 is not a
>> too big leap. I'm sure kernel devs here knows better than me how many
>> OpenWrt drivers, quirks and enhancements can be ported without too much
>> effort from 4.14 to 5.4 that will really benefit from newer 5.x code,
>> but here are my 5 cents.
>> I was able to port ar934x-nand code from ar71xx 4.4 kernels to ath79 &
>> device-tree 4.19 without going too deep into low-level NAND operations
>> thanks to only minor changes in kernel code. 5.4 apparently deprecates
>> some functions in that area providing 'legacy' knobs for
>> who-knows-how-long. If this particular flash driver won't work with 5.4
>> at the time of 20.x, routers using it (like WNDR4300 and
>> other AR9344-based) effectively will not have any stable OpenWrt
>> release supporting it even though they were in master since the end of
>> IMHO OpenWrt should have an one final, rock-stable release based on
>> latest 4.x LTS kernel (4.19 that is) with ath79 replacing ar71xx
>> whenever possible.
>> Apologies for being so Atheros-centric :-)
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