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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System 71

An anonymous reader writes Release Candidate One of OpenWRT 14.07 "Barrier Breaker" is released. Big for this tiny embedded Linux distribution for routers in 14.07 is native IPv6 support and the procd init system integration. The native IPv6 support is with the RA and DHCPv6+PD client and server support plus other changes. Procd is OpenWRT's new preinit, init, hotplug, and event system. Perhaps not too exciting is support for upgrading on devices with NAND, and file system snapshot/restore so you can experiment without fear of leaving your network broken. There's also experimental support for the musl standard C library.
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @12:00PM (#47457775)

    TP-Link routers are cheap and well supported by OpenWRT. At the low end, the TL-WR841N can easily route 50Mbps WAN to LAN and costs just $20.

  • by klapaucjusz ( 1167407 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @03:42PM (#47460123) Homepage

    I have been running native ipv6 and whatever other modern stuff on my ASUS RT-N16 via TomatoUSB for many years. So uh... What took you dorks so long?

    OpenWRT has had support for native IPv6 for as long as anyone can remember. However, the support wasn't native, in the sense that it required some knowledge to configure properly.

    With the current trunk (and this snapshot), you can configure things like DHCPv6 prefix delegation, DHCPv6 relaying, proxy-ND and so on over the web interface -- and it just works. (Famous last words.)

  • by klapaucjusz ( 1167407 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @05:55PM (#47461731) Homepage

    I pushed my router to dd-wrt a while ago. At the time, I liked the UI on dd-wrt better than openWRT. I also noticed some issues on my specific hardware for OpenWRT. How do they stack up?

    They're very different beasts.

    DD-WRT is a single, monolithic image, similar to a vendor firmware but with more features. What is available tends to be well integrated into the GUI, but if a feature is not available, you're pretty much out of luck (unless you're willing to install software by hand).

    OpenWRT, on the other hand, is a package based system: there's a base system and an extensive set of optional packages [] that you may install. It used to be the case that the OpenWRT GUI was not very good, but it has improved a lot in recent years, and I now find it fairly usable. Of course, not all packages are well integrated with the GUI.

    I'd recommend going with OpenWRT. The base system should be reasonably easy to understand, and you'll be able to easily install extra software when you find that you have unusual needs.

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