OpenWrt 21.02 status

Rui Salvaterra rsalvaterra at
Mon Aug 30 00:34:51 PDT 2021

+1 for release. It's just been too long since the last one. The idea
of time-based releases is getting lost and this is a process issue we
definitely should address.

On Sun, 29 Aug 2021 at 11:44, Hannu Nyman <hannu.nyman at> wrote:
> Hauke Mehrtens wrote at Sun Aug 29 02:53:47 PDT 2021:
>  > Should we just release with this as a known problem?
>  >
>  > Other than this problem I am not aware of any other critical problem.
> We should.
> It is annoying that 21.02 was branched more than 6 months ago, but no final
> release has happened by now. Due to the prolonged release process lots of
> "new" stuff has already been backported (unlike originally intended) causing
> potential new problems, and that will accumulate more the further we wait for
> the final release.
> As we depend to a large part also on upstream developments (on kernel and
> packages), we will never get perfect releases.
> The 21.02 release is also keeping the kernel 5.10 bump for many targets
> hostage (which is then preventing DSA bump, e.g. ipq806x), so that we can
> keep testing 5.4 in master for the benefit of 21.02.
> (reference to the kernel list at
> Looking back at the history, this 21.02 starts to be the longest period
> between major releases (especially if we calculate 15.05.1 as a major release).
> Lets get this 20.01, 20.07, 20.12, 21.02 finally out before it turns to be
> 22.xx in practice...
> I think that the original (LEDE) release process goal was relatively
> frequently branched releases and then doing the final releases quickly after
> branching.  We have now reverted back to the old "let's wait long for
> branching and then wait even longer for the actual release".
> The reality is the same than earlier: almost all devs and enthusiasts are
> already with master where interesting new stuff happens, so 21.02 rots
> quietly waiting for the release. The prolonged wait serves nobody :-(
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