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.
The OpenWrt Community is proud to present the OpenWrt 18.06 stable version series. It is the first stable version after the OpenWrt/LEDE project merger and the successor to the previous stable LEDE 17.01 and OpenWrt 15.05 major releases.
The OpenWrt 18.06 series focuses on modernizing many parts of the system, on backporting network offload support for eligible targets and on laying the groundwork for regular future release updates.
Current Stable Release - OpenWrt 18.06.1
The current stable version series of OpenWrt is 18.06, with v18.06.1 being the latest service release of the series. It was released on August, 18th 2018.
The LEDE 17.01 release series is the latest supported stable release of the LEDE project before the LEDE/OpenWrt project merger.
LEDE 17.01 will receive a limited amount of support, service releases and package updates.
Current Old Stable Release - LEDE 17.01.6
The most recent version is LEDE 17.01.6, the Fifth service release of the LEDE 17.01 series.
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.
As of January 2018, both the OpenWrt and LEDE projects agreed to re-merge back under the OpenWrt name.
The new, unified OpenWrt project is governed under the rules established by the former LEDE project. Active members of both the former LEDE and OpenWrt projects contribute to the unified OpenWrt.
Like any open source project, OpenWrt thrives on the efforts of its users and developers.