The LEDE project was created in 2016, as a fork of OpenWrt because of a split among developers, so we had OpenWrt and LEDE projects running side-by-side for nearly two years now. However, there were also talks of reunification in 2017 during an Embedded Linux Conference sessions entitled “OpenWrt/LEDE: When Two become One”.
The good news is that OpenWrt and LEDE projects (re-)unification is now official, and the project will be known as OpenWrt.
Developers will follow the LEDE project rules, merged code is now hosted @ https://git.openwrt.org/, and mirrored on Github (https://github.com/openwrt/openwrt) using the code base of the former LEDE project together with OpenWrt specific patches that meets LEDE’s code quality requirements. The original OpenWrt codebase has been archived on Github.
The OpenWrt CC 15.05 release series will still receive some security and bug fixes, but older version will not be supported anymore. The LEDE 17.01 release will still get security and bug fix support for both source code and binary releases. The resources on lede-project.org domain will be soon be moved to openwrt.org subdomains and redirects put in place. However, the developers are still debating about the merger of the forums and wiki, so they will be available on both domains until an agreement is put in place.
We also learned from the announcement that the merged project is represented by Software in the Public Interest (SPI) non-profit organization that will handle donations, manage OpenWrt trademark, and help with potential legal issues.
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