No OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc3 image file for TL-WR1043ND v1

No OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc3 image file has been build for TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v1.
Is this intentional?
I could not find an announcement that the device is discontinued in OpenWrt.

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It has 8MiB flash and 32 MiB ram.


Well, as it received 22.03.5 firmware version, this is not a satisfying answer.

It comes down to the specs.... it has been possible to run a minimalist configuration with just 32MB RAM (although OOM crashes are a risk) on previous versions. But with the larger kernel used in 23.05, this probably isn't viable anymore. 64MB is the bare minimum RAM. It is likely that the default configuration of 23.05 cannot run at all due to memory constraints, and it may not be possible to run anything useful if you end up stripping out enough packages to try to fit in the available RAM.

The good news is that 22.03 will continue to be supported for a bit longer.

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It's no longer 2022, we're now in 2023.

Devices with 32 MB RAM, such as yours, were already explicitly declared unsupported since 21.02.x, just that no one bothered to wade through the devices to spot those that had sufficient amounts of flash to fit the image, but not enough RAM to actually work as expected. This has now been rectified, as OpenWrt has been on the receiving end of the inverse complaints - "but there is an image to download, why does my device OOM and crash on boot?!111!!1!".

Support for these devices has just been disabled from being built on the buildbots, it has not been actively removed. This means you can still build images for your device (from source, maybe even with the imagebuilder) with adjusted expectations (the RAM is not sufficient, however you phrase it), but the training wheels are off, this is an unsupported device now (has been for two years/ releases already) and all bugs are yours to fix.

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