LEDE (Linux Embedded Development Environment) is a fork of OpenWrt after some disagreements between developers, and while there are talks about merging OpenWrt and LEDE development, this is not done yet, and LEDE 17.01 has been released a few days ago.
Some of notable LEDE 17.01 changes include:
- Linux kernel updated to version 4.4.50 (from 3.18 in Chaos Calmer)
- Update to dnsmasq 2.76, busybox 1.25.1, mbedtls 2.4.0, openssl 1.0.2k
- Improved Security Features
- Improved Networking Support
- Added new targets:
- apm821xx (AppliedMicro APM821xx)
- arc770 (Synopsys DesignWare ARC 770D)
- archs38 (Synopsys DesignWare ARC HS38)
- armvirt (QEMU ARM Virtual Machine)
- ipq806x (Qualcomm Atheros IPQ806X)
- layerscape (NXP Layerscape)
- zynq (Xilinx Zynq 7000 SoCs)
- Reorganized x86 target – Drop dedicated Xen DomU target, merged with x86/generic * Enable AES-NI support
- Build system improvements
- Image Builder / SDK – Rework library bundling to allow for better portability between different Linux distributions, added support for building kernel modules using the SDK
You’ll find a complete list of change since the beginning of LEDE project here. There are also some limitations as available space on devices with only 4MB flash is very low, and devices with only 32MB RAM might not be able to reliably run opkg or sysupgrade operations, especially in when LuCI is also running.
Thanks to Hauke for the tip.