18.06.3 how is it going? --> 19.07 coming soon

So 18.06.3 supposedly coming out in March but haven't seen any updates... hmm

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The mailing list archives are at http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/openwrt-devel/

I would imagine that 18.06.3 would be tied to the 19.0X release, either before or after it. The last mention of 19.0X that I saw on the mailing list was http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/openwrt-devel/2019-March/016351.html on March 21st. That message suggested that there was still work to be done before 19.0X was "cut".

...hmm...
18.06.3 ?

18.06.x is quite separate from the planned 19.03 (or 19.04 or 19.05...), as 18.06 is a year-old source code branch and not much updated any more. Nobody is actively working on any special 18.06.3 release... If it gets released, it is merely a snapshot of the possible fixes made into the 18.06 branch. There have been some since 18.06.2 but not that much: https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt/openwrt.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/openwrt-18.06

Yeah, it is possible that there may be 17.01.x and/or 18.06.x maintenance releases, but do not expect much of them. Some bug fixes, but mostly just kernel minor version bumps.

19.03(/4/5/...) will be the actual new release, branched of from the current master. The current buildbot snapshots provide that today, but are meant just for testing, not for layman end-users for long-term use.

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I think we can definitely use a 18.06.3, specially for mt76 devices. So many fixes were made after 18.06.2 that it would be a good thing to have a more stable 18.06 until we prepare for 19.0X.

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One can always build their own off openwrt-18.06, or wait for 19.0X, which may well have many more improvements.

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So Maybe I will ask here. What is the plan regarding ar71xx vs ath79 for 19.0X? Do you plan to build/release both version as both are on 4.14 kernel ?

@kofec How is your question related to this topic (18.06.3)?

You mentioned about release plans. So I asked about plans.

Any news about 18.06.3 ?

Nothing new that I’ve heard about either if or when. If I were using release builds, I’d plan on 19.nn

keep looking here https://openwrt.org/releases/18.06/start#roadmap
tho 17.01.7 never made it out https://openwrt.org/releases/17.01/start#roadmap
hopefully 19.nn will be added at some point as well https://openwrt.org/releases/start

Anyone hear anything new about an OpenWrt 2019 release? It's been almost a year since 18.06.

The resources for finding out about upcoming releases have not changed since this thread began. http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/openwrt-devel/ is perhaps the best for non-developers to check, or subscribe to the list yourself to follow on a regular basis.

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One more vote for an 18.06.3, as there are a ton of what look to be good fixes for mt76, wifi specifically.

Given that not a peep has been mentioned regarding either a .3 nor a 19.06 release in the dev mailing list in the past 30 days, it's pretty hard to make plans.

I recall that one of the goals of the LEDE/ new OpenWRT project was to have more regular and predictable releases, which it has largely met, but it seems more vague now.
If there were to be a a new drop of a 19.06, I'd expect some discussion on the list, and engagement of the community in testing a branch. But neither seem to be happening (publicly).

If you are desiring updated firmware, master and snapshots are always available.

The sysupgrade from master now can automatically create a list of self-installed packages to make re-flashing a new snapshot a lot easier.

If you really insist on sticking with a given snapshot rather than simply flashing a new one, see

Thanks Jeff, appreciate the details. I am deploying recent snapshots in my testing, which is why I'm aware of the benefits of the recent mt76 fixes, but the project I'm affiliated with has a strict policy of using only tagged releases for our distributions. This is so we can report any future issues back to the community based on clearly tagged and widely used releases.
Even as an individual end-user, my preference is to only rely on the official releases on my home network.

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I certainly understand the desires and policy of your organization.

Without those limitations, the git commit or the build reference shown LuCI of the banner is more than sufficient to allow developers to determine the code in play. At least in my experience, enhancements (meaning most anything that doesn't cause a major loss of functionality; "improve wireless" falling into "enhancements") are more than likely to happen on master, not on a release branch, even if they are backported later.

I'm noticing that the (4MBish) overlay on my WDR4300 is filled to the brim, with a fairly minimal install (luci-ssl, luci-app-upnp, sqm-script-extras, luci-app-sqm) and running opkg-upgrade from time to time.

So it would certainly be nice to have a new release that would push all the updates into the firmware again.

But I'm just a nobody on the project.

(Edit: 4MB overlay, the router itself is 8/128)

As far as I know if you create a new 18.06.2 build using the Image Creator, it wil have all updates.

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And that would still be compatible with the public opkg repositories out of the box? Or are you then expected to build all your own packages ?