10 Years of Fun with Embedded Devices

How OpenWrt evolved from a WRT54G firmware to an universal Embedded Linux OS

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A review of the 10 year history of the OpenWrt project, current events, and upcoming developments.

This year we are celebrating ten years of OpenWrt and a long time has passed and a lot has happend since people first started hacking on devices like the WRT54G. Both the hardware and the software landscape has completely changed since then. In this talk we would like to take the chance, together with the audience, to look back on how the OpenWrt distribution did evolve over time and how it has changed its goals, its processes and its software stack.
We will show examples of the current state-of-the-art, invite guests on stage, display things to come. And in general, celebrate that 10 years have passed and that many more are to come.
The talk will start by looking back into the ancient history of OpenWrt - how it all got started - continue to the present time and give an overview of current and recent developments and then finish with an outlook onto future changes. During the talk we will look at the politics of what we have learned, what we think is broken in the CPE market, and how OpenWrt can help to change this.
OpenWrt has, over the course of the past 10 years, created a territory of its own, a territory situated in a landscape criscrossed by relations, friction and interconnections. It is a journey that on its way created an universal embedded Linux operating system. OpenWrt is one of many islands in the Net which thrives by giving away its work to friends, associates and all those many people we don't know. All this is a good reason to celebrate and the talk will finish with beer, exotic drinks and more fun to come.

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Hardware & Making
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