The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the vendor and allows you to customize the device through the use of packages to suit any application. For developers, OpenWrt is the framework to build an application without having to build a complete firmware around it; for users this means the ability for full customization, to use the device in ways never envisioned.
After long and sometimes slowly moving discussions about the specifics of the re-merge, with multiple similar proposals but little subsequent action, we're happy to announce that both projects are about to execute the final steps of the merger.
The new, unified OpenWrt project will be governed under the rules established by the LEDE project. Active members of both the former LEDE and OpenWrt projects will continue working on the unified OpenWrt.
LEDE's fork and subsequent re-merge into OpenWrt will not alter the overall technical direction taken by the unified project. We will continue to work on improving stability and release maintenance while aiming for frequent minor releases to address critical bugs and security issues like we did with LEDE 17.01 and its four point releases until now.
Old pre-15.05 OpenWrt CC releases will not be supported by the merged project anymore, leaving these releases without any future security or bug fixes. The OpenWrt CC 15.05 release series will receive a limited amount of security and bug fixes, but is not yet fully integrated in our release automation, so binary releases are lacking behind for now.
The LEDE 17.01 release will continue to get full security and bug fix support for both source code and binary releases. We are planning a new major release under the new name in the next few months.
The merged project will use the code base of the former LEDE project. OpenWrt specific patches not present in the LEDE repository but meeting LEDEs code quality requirements got integrated into the new tree. The source code will be hosted at git.openwrt.org with a continuously synchronized mirror hosted at Github. The original OpenWrt codebase has been archived on Github for future reference.
Yet open pull requests to both the old OpenWrt and LEDE repositories will be closed after a 30 day grace period. We encourage people to open new pull requests at the new repository or re-send still unmerged patches.
The remerged OpenWrt project is legally represented by the Software in the Public Interest (SPI) - an US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is managing our OpenWrt trademark, handling our donations and helping us with legal problems.
Infrastructure currently available under the lede-project.org domain will be moved to corresponding openwrt.org subdomains and redirects will be put in place where appropriate.
The merger of the OpenWrt and LEDE forums and wikis is not yet fully decided, so all portals will continue to be available under their respective domains until a definite consensus is reached.
People install OpenWrt because they believe it works better than the stock firmware from their vendor. They find it is more stable, offers more features, is more secure and has better support.
Note: As of January 2018, the current Stable OpenWrt release was built from the LEDE 17.01 source code, and branded with the LEDE project name. Development versions of OpenWrt are currently branded with the OpenWrt name, and have a version number of 18.01.
The LEDE Community is proud to present the current LEDE 17.01 stable version series. It incorporates thousands of commits over the last nine months of effort. With this release, the LEDE development team closes out an intense effort to modernize many parts of OpenWrt and incorporate many new modules, packages, and technologies.
The LEDE 17.01 series has the goals of creating LEDE's first stable build for production use, and establishing a baseline for future development and releases.
Current Stable Release - LEDE 17.01.4
The most recent version is LEDE 17.01.4, the fourth service release of the LEDE 17.01 series.
The OpenWrt Chaos Calmer release series is the latest supported stable release of the OpenWrt project before the LEDE/OpenWrt project merger.
Latest Chaos Calmer Release - OpenWrt 15.05.1
The most recent Chaos Calmer version is OpenWrt 15.05.1, the first service release of the OpenWrt 15.05 series.
Like any open source project, OpenWrt thrives on the efforts of its users and developers.