Feeds

OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh

Also faster init and a new packages system

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The embedded Linux distro OpenWRT has updated native IPv6 support – allowing devices to automatically pick up an IPv6 address, as well as an IPv4 one, from an ISP if possible.

The release candidate is code-named “Barrier Breaker” and runs the Linux 3.10 kernel. OpenWRT 14.07's improved IPv6 support with DHCPv6 is useful for people with IPv6-friendly ISPs, although the software has been able to do IPv6-over-IPv4 tunnels with IPv4-only internet providers for a while.

Now the IPv6 stack includes support for router advertisements and DHCPv6 with prefix delegation, multihoming with local prefix allocation, and source-constrained routing.

It's an important move as it may encourage more consumer kit vendors to adopt OpenWRT for its IPv6 stack, and it helps position the open-source OS for Internet of Things applications that are going to need v6 support.

Another key addition in Barrier Breaker is a fast startup daemon, Procd, which handles pre-initialisation, initialisation, hotplug and events. There's also better rollback support, both at the filesystem level and in the UCI (unified configuration interface) system.

In the networking stack, OpenWRT's Netifd has added setup and configuration reload of wireless interfaces, and its event support has been reworked to allow network hotplug scripts to be obsoleted. There's also expansions to its firewalling, and transparent multicast-to-unicast translation has been added for routers operating in bridge mode (for example as wireless extenders).

The OpenWRT group has set up a new packages-feed at github, and notes that feeds should be updated to remove dependencies on the old feed.

The full OpenWRT announcement is here, and the download is available here. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.