[OpenWrt-Devel] [RFC] stop accepting 4/32M board patches

Mathias Kresin dev at kresin.me
Wed Dec 5 09:18:05 EST 2018

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05/12/2018 14:57, Fernando Frediani:
> Hi
> Just to make it clear you mean that for the master right ? Not for 18.06 
> (when it becomes 19.0x) and LEDE 17.01 (while it's still alive) ?
> If so I agree 4MB isn't something much feasible anymore.

You got my mail wrong. It is about not accepting new patches for such 
boards. Dropping support for existing boards wasn't mentioned and isn't 
my intention.

Btw. master will be 19.0x.


> However for 32MB devices I have serious doubts as mentioned in another 
> email there are good devices that may work well with 32MB/8MB and I 
> don't think hardly dropping it is a good idea, at least not for the 
> current 18.06.
> And I am still seeing that some new devices are going to marketed with 
> 32MB/8MB so 64MB RAM ones are not majority yet.
> Do you have any numbers of how much effort will be put into that to 
> perhaps justify this hard drop for 32MB ones and mainly about the 
> popularity of these devices from the download website ?
> I am not sure a vote would be the best thing to use in this scenario, 
> otherwise there would need to be a vote for other things discussed and 
> not always that is something ends well. Let's see how this thread goes 
> before considering it.
> Regards
> Fernando
> On 05/12/2018 06:56, Mathias Kresin wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I would like to start to reject patches for adding boards with only 32 
>> MByte of RAM and 4 MByte of flash [0]. These boards barely work with 
>> todays OpenWrt default builds and require quite some modifications to 
>> be useful at all [1].
>> IMHO it doesn't make much sense to waste resources (reviewer time, 
>> build resources) for boards which will most likely never see an 
>> official build and/or are more or less unusable with the official build.
>> I prefer to have a joint statement which I can link to, to prevent 
>> endless discussions or accusations of acting purely arbitrary.
>> I'm not sure whether the topic qualifies for a formal voting, hence 
>> the RFC.
>> Mathias
>> [0] https://github.com/openwrt/openwrt/pull/1577
>> [1] https://openwrt.org/supported_devices/432_warning
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