Backfire 10.03

The OpenWrt team will humbly like to announce the final version of the 10.03 release, codenamed Backfire.

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 Backfire (10.03, r20728) --------------------------
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The OpenWrt 10.03 “backfire” source code can be checked out at: svn://

Further information on how to checkout the Backfire source code is found at:

Highlights and changes since last stable release:

  • Linux 2.6.32 long term support kernel, uClibc 0.9.30
  • Support for mac80211 based drivers, such as ath5k, ath9k and b43
  • Support for alternative libc implementations
  • New web server “uhttpd” (busybox httpd now disabled, as default)
  • Extended support for with GTK+, QT etc.
  • New switch configuration format for Broadcom devices.
  • New wpa-supplicant and hostapd multicall binary “wpad”
  • Initial mac80211 wireless support for Broadcom radios
  • Modular preinit system
  • Optional support for rootfs on external media
  • Support for the TRX v2 format required by newer devices such as the Linksys WRT54G3GV2-VF
  • New /etc/openwrt_release machine-readable file with detailed release version information

New platforms:

  • Atheros AP81: Ubiquiti Router Station Pro, TP-Link TL-WR1043ND, Netgear WNDR3700, etc. (ar71xx)
  • Broadcom ADSL modem/router chipsets (brcm63xx)
  • Cavium Networks Octeon based boards (octeon)
  • Cobalt Networks MIPS-based servers (cobalt)
  • Infineon Danube/TwinPass with open DSL & VoIP drivers (ifxmips)
  • Ingenic XBurst: QI Ben NanoNote (xburst/qi-lb60)
  • Intel Tolapai SoC (x86/ep80579)
  • Marvell Kirkwood: SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD... (kirkwood)
  • Marvell Orion SoC (orion)

Known Issues:

  • Currently 5 GHz channels do not work with mac80211 based drivers due to DFS regulatory issues.

More detailed information available at:

Special thanks to for offering buildbot assistance

Yours truly,
The release management team
Andy Boyett & Nicolas Thill

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  • Last modified: 2018/08/08 11:22
  • by tmomas