longtime user of OpenWRT. All the way back to White Russian.
I have two dozen devices running, as I use them personally, but also to run WiFi over a large campground
This week, I tried LEDE, as it had become "stable", on a spare device
Well, I realize it is not polite to make my first post a negative one, but I may have to.
Basically, almost all package installs I did on an otherwise empty LEDE "jammed" during install. They stuck, usually on one of the required sub-packages, in such a way even a ctrl-c or sighangup did not work, had to sigkill the package. I suspect too little ram. They jammed with both Luci and PuTTY.
Reading up on the rtfm, I found this:
"Your router has at least 8 MBytes of Flash and 64 MBytes of RAM (Why is this important?)"
"If you wish to install LEDE on a device with less than 8/64 MBytes Flash/RAM, please ask for help on the Installing and Using LEDE category of the forum."
Actually, in my case, the install went OK, it's the packages that keep jamming, but I suspect it's related. I somewhat understand we have to raise the limits at some point, and a fork is probably a logical point for this. But I am disappointed. Maybe a bit too soon to go all the way to 64M?
And more importantly: why even bother building all those thousands of device distro's inherited from OpenWRT that do not match the requirements. If LEDE is for the future, be honest about it and cull those hardware lists. Don't keep them to impress people.
Actually, I think it could/should all run nicely, after all the free space I have on LEDE in both df and free commands is about the same as on the latest OpenWRT, but I suspect it uses a different place and/or different method download and process the packages. Maybe simply use the older place or method for smaller devices?
Anyway, just some feedback for the team. Its a bit of a pity, because I guess OpenWRT development will now go even slower then before. But OK, such is life.
TP-Link TL-WR941ND with 4M/32M
Packages I was trying:
SQM (without Luci, otherwise it will not fit even in OpenWRT, but it does at least install in OpenWRT)