[OpenWrt] Fwd: State of the Union

Eric Schultz eschultz at prplfoundation.org
Mon Feb 20 08:47:20 PST 2017

Since it's of interest to the prplwrt community...
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From: Imre Kaloz <kaloz at openwrt.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Subject: State of the Union
To: lede-adm at lists.infradead.org, openwrt-hackers at lists.openwrt.org
Cc: gerryr at rozeware.com, mbm at openwrt.org

Dear developers and the broader community,

As you know, we've had multiple discussions and meetings on merging and
continuing the work together. OpenWrt is around for a long time now and
grown way bigger than we've ever imagined it with Mike and Gerry in 2003.
We've all learned a lot during these years but over a decade was also long
enough to create internal politics and fractions. I really hope soon we
won't speak about "sides" anymore, but for now, let me use that word due to
the lack of a better one.

I believe the fork threw new light upon some of the mistakes we've been
doing - and the fact we all had to take a deep breath and rethink some of
the habits and do away with them.

There have been numerous delays while we've tried to address both sides'
requests and fears. I've also spoken to multiple people personally "from
the other side" to have a better insight on what and why happened.

I would like to let you know that Mike is fine transferring the domain name
to SPI. It's up to him to decide if he subsequent meetingwants to do the
legal part of it - if not, I'll do. Having more people with root access to
the OpenWrt infrastructure was also requested, Florian has root for quite
some time now - I hope he was able to find his way around already ;)

I believe there are topics we developers have to agree on and there are
topics we should ask the community about. As you might remember, Hauke sent
out the meeting notes on all past meetings. To be completely open, they
went out as-is, which might have been confusing for some people. On the
OpenWrt Summit we've said we all want to merge and on the next meeting
we've agreed to stick to the OpenWrt name and sail under the same flag.
This decision isn't up for the grabs, and I believe we've made the right
choice on this one. Our community also includes the industry, and their
efforts, contributions and needs should be also taken care of.

Deciding on how the merged infrastructure will work or how will we handle
some work-flow questions are also something I would call an "internal
decision" - but there are open questions where I strongly believe we are
not the ones who call the shots. To name a few, I have doubts on how user
friendly the LEDE forum engine is vs punbb (what we use for OpenWrt), and
we should ask the community on which one should remain at the end. Choosing
the wiki engine should be next topic and there are a few more where we
should have a survey - most of our community never uses the mailing lists.

All in all, I hereby would like to ask for another (hopefully final)
meeting between the sides. I strongly believe it's time to really bury the
hatchet and continue working for the greater good - together.


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