All of that, assuming that I understand correctly what the merge means -- that
the infrastructure, management and ownership issues with everything
OpenWrt-related have been or could be resolved. If they haven't and we're
talking about LEDE absorbing current OpenWrt development efforts only, then
it's a whole different subject.
The plan is that LEDE will absorb all of the OpenWRT infrastructure, there are
still issues to be worked out (copy from LEDE wiki to OpenWRT wiki or
vice-versa, which forum software to use), but the biggest stumbling block right
now is the name.
PS. I do agree that OpenWrt name reminds of/implies a specific vendor and
series of products, however it hasn't been a strong enough reason to change
the name in the past, and with both OpenWRT and DD-WRT supporting multitude of
different vendors/devices for many years now I don't think it creates any
I agree, WRT has referred to things other than WRT routers for long enough
that being worried about this isn't reasonable.
The other concern some have voiced is that the OpenWRT name reminds them of the
bad management experiences that they had as developers in a project with that
Personally, I think the google history and the number of third party websites
that refer to OpenWRT are significant enough that even if the project changes
it's name, it's going to need to maintain pages at the openwrt.org name, with
redirections and explinations of the name change for at least a decade.
As an advocate, I cringe at the fact that I would have to explain to people that
LEDE is the replacement for OpenWRT, and then be faced with the problem of
trying to answer "why did they do that" without dredging up the dirty laundry
We saw these sorts of problems with gcc -> egcs (before they combined back into
gcc) and still suffer it to some extent with OpenOffice vs LibreOffice. I'm sure
many other examples can be raised.