The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the vendor and allows you to customize the device through the use of packages to suit any application. For developers, OpenWrt is the framework to build an application without having to build a complete firmware around it; for users this means the ability for full customization, to use the device in ways never envisioned.
SFC has welcomed us into their organization1):
September 10, 2020 OpenWrt — building on their sixteen years of success as the most popular Free and Open Source (FOSS) wireless router project — today joins Conservancy as a member project. FOSS wireless routers assure software freedom for all Internet users. Conservancy will help OpenWrt continue to thrive and grow as its new fiscal sponsor. OpenWrt occupies a special place in the history of software freedom. OpenWrt's creation and launch shows that GPL enforcement works and advances software freedom. In 2004, when Linksys released the firmware code for the WRT54G router series, coders and tinkerers regained control over their own routers, and launched OpenWrt based on the sources liberated from GPL enforcement. Today, OpenWrt leverages software freedom protected by the GPL to share that freedom and control with everyone who uses wireless routers to connect to the Internet.
The OpenWrt Community is proud to present the OpenWrt 19.07 stable version series. It is the successor of the previous 18.06 stable major release.
The OpenWrt 19.07 series focuses on bringing all supported targets to Linux kernel version 4.14 and introducing initial device tree based ath79 support.
Current Stable Release - OpenWrt 19.07.4
The current stable version series of OpenWrt is 19.07, with v19.07.4 being the latest release of the series. It was released on 10 September 2020.
The OpenWrt Community is proud to present the OpenWrt 18.06 stable version series. It is the first stable version after the OpenWrt/LEDE project merger and the successor to the previous stable LEDE 17.01 and OpenWrt 15.05 major releases.
The OpenWrt 18.06 series focuses on modernizing many parts of the system, on backporting network offload support for eligible targets and on laying the groundwork for regular future release updates.
Current Stable Release - OpenWrt 18.06.8
The current stable version series of OpenWrt is 18.06, with v18.06.8 being the latest service release of the series. It was released on 6 March 2020.
People install OpenWrt because they believe it works better than the stock firmware from their vendor. They find it is more stable, offers more features, is more secure and has better support.
As of January 2018, both the OpenWrt and LEDE projects agreed to re-merge back under the OpenWrt name.
The new, unified OpenWrt project is governed under the rules established by the former LEDE project. Active members of both the former LEDE and OpenWrt projects contribute to the unified OpenWrt.
Like any open source project, OpenWrt thrives on the efforts of its users and developers.