Is OpenWRT a Linux distribution?
In short, yes. OpenWRT is a Linux distribution for routers and other embedded devices. It is based on the Linux kernel and other free software, and it offers an alternative to proprietary firmware such as that from Linksys. OpenWRT is supported by a wide variety of hardware manufacturers and has a large community of users and developers.
Note: While OpenWRT is not strictly a Linux distribution in the traditional sense, it does provide a powerful and flexible platform for routers and other embedded devices.
The OpenWRT are typically vibrant and active, with many users and developers contributing to the project. The OpenWRT website (https://openwrt.org/) provides a good starting point for finding community resources. The website includes a forum, wiki, and IRC channels where users and developers can interact. There is also a mailing list for announcements and discussion.
OpenWRT is an open source project and welcomes contributions from anyone. The project is managed by a team of volunteer developers and is funded by donations.
OpenWRT origins and ethos
The OpenWRT project has a strong commitment to freedom and open source software. The project is based on the belief that users should have the freedom to control their own devices and that the software on those devices should be free. OpenWRT provides an alternative to proprietary firmware such as that from Linksys. The goal of the project is to provide a fully free and open source software stack for routers and other embedded devices.
OpenWRT is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later. This allows anyone to use, modify, and redistribute the software without restriction. The OpenWRT project also includes many packages that are released under other free and open source licenses.
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