LibreCMC

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LibreCMC
Dark libreCMC Logo.png
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateActive
Initial release20 October 2012; 9 years ago (2012-10-20)
Latest release1.5.9 / 4 April 2022; 2 months ago (2022-04-04)[1][2]
Repository
PlatformsMIPS
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux-libre)
UserlandGNU
LicenseGPLv2[3][4]
Preceded byLEDE/LibreWRT
Official websitelibrecmc.org Edit this at Wikidata

LibreCMC is a Linux-libre distribution for computers with minimal resources, such as the Ben NanoNote, ath9k-based Wi-Fi routers, and other hardware with emphasis on free software. Based on OpenWrt, the project's goal is to aim for compliance with the GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG) and ensure that the project continues to meet these requirements set forth by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). LibreCMC does not support ac (Wi-Fi 5) or ax (Wi-Fi 6) due to a lack of free chipsets.[5]

As of 2020, releases do not utilize codenames anymore. The acronym "CMC" in the libreCMC name stands for "Concurrent Machine Cluster".[6]

History[edit]

On April 23, 2014, libreCMC's first public release is mentioned in a Trisquel Linux forum.[7] On September 4, 2014, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) added libreCMC to its list of endorsed distributions.[8][9] Shortly afterwards, on September 12, 2014, the FSF awarded their Respects Your Freedom (RYF) Certification to a new router pre-installed with libreCMC.[10]

On May 2, 2015, libreCMC merged with the LibreWRT project.[11][12][13][14] LibreWRT, initially developed as a case study, was listed by the website prism-break.org[15] as one of the alternatives to proprietary firmware,[16] but today the website lists libreCMC.

On March 10, 2016, the FSF awarded their RYF certification to a new router pre-installed with libreCMC.[17]

On March 29, 2017, libreCMC began its first release based upon the LEDE (Linux Embedded Development Environment) 17.01 codebase.[18]

On January 3, 2020, libreCMC began its first release based upon the OpenWrt 19.07 codebase.[18]

Release History[edit]


Version Codename Codebase Release Linux-Libre Kernel Version Annotation / Improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.2.x Delusional Dan[19] 2014 First public binary release[19]
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.3.x Elegant Eleanor[19] 2015 LibreWRT merged to the project, LTS
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4 Frivolous Fred[19] LEDE 17.01 29 March 2017 Release based on LEDE
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.1 7 October 2017 Fixes various security issues (including dnsmasq and openvpn)
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.1a 17 October 2017 Fixes various security issues including: dnsmasq, openvpn and KRACK
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.2 1 January 2018 4.4.108
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.3 1 April 2018 4.4.120
  • openvpn 2.4.5
  • mbedtls 2.8.0
  • Tor was moved into base
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.4 6 July 2018 4.4.138
  • openvpn 2.4.6
  • mbedtls 2.9.0
  • Various other fixes
  • Complete removal of references to GitHub repositories
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.5 4 October 2018 4.4.159
  • wireguard 0.0.20181006
  • Introduced TL-WR1043N v5
  • Various other fixes
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.6 4 Jan 2019 4.4.167
  • uhttpd 2018-11-28
  • Wireguard 0.0.20181218
  • openssl 1.0.2q
  • mbedtls 2.14.1
  • Various other fixes
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.7 1 April 2019
  • Fixes CVE 2019-8912
  • Bump OpenVPN to 2.4.7
  • Added support for the TPE-R1200
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.8 30 June 2019 4.4.183
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2s
  • wolfssl 1.15-stable
  • mbedtls 1.16.1
  • Wireguard 0.2019.06.01
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.4.9 2 October 2019 4.4.195
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2t
  • Tor 0.4.1.6
  • Wireguard 0.0.20190913
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5 N/A OpenWRT 19.07 3 January 2020
  • ath79 replaces ar71xx targets
  • tiny sub-target replaces the old legacy images
  • First release built on Power9 hardware
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.0a N/A 31 January 2020
  • Fixes CVE-2020-7982
  • Fixes CVE-2020-7248
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.1 N/A 1 April 2020 4.14.173
  • Updated Wireguard to 1.0.20200330
  • Updated Tor to 0.4.2.7 to fix CVE-2020-10592 and init script issues
  • Fixes CVE-2020-8597
  • Other fixes picked from upstream 19.07.x
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.2 N/A 29 June 2020
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.3 N/A 2 October 2020 4.14.199
  • Updated Wireguard to 1.0.20200908
  • Added wolfssl support to luci
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1h
  • Mbedtls 2.16.8
  • Other fixes picked from upstream 19.07.x
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.4 N/A 31 December 2020 4.14.212
  • Updated Wireguard to 1.0.20201221
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1i
  • OpenVPN 2.4.10
  • Fixes CVE-2020-28928, CVE-2020-8037
  • Other fixes picked from upstream 19.07.x
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.4a N/A 24 January 2021 4.14.216
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.5 N/A 1 April 2021 4.14.224
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.7 N/A 1 October 2021 4.14.248
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.5.8 N/A 21 January 2022 4.14.261
Current stable version: 1.5.9 N/A 4 April 2022 4.14.273

List of supported hardware[edit]

LibreCMC supports the following devices:[20]

Buffalo (Melco subsidiary)

  • WZR-HP-G300NH
  • WHR-HP-G300NH

Netgear

  • WNDR3800: v1.x

TP-Link

  • TL-MR3020: v1
  • TL-WR741ND: v1 - v2, v4.20 - v4.27
  • TL-WR841ND: v5.x, v8.x, v9.x, v10.x, v11.x, v12.x
  • TL-WR842ND: v1, v2
  • TL-WR1043ND: v1.x, v2.x, v3.x, v4.x, v5.x

ThinkPenguin

  • TPE-NWIFIROUTER2
  • TPE-R1100
  • TPE-R1200
  • TPE-R1300

Qi-Hardware

  • Ben Nanonote

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LibreCMC Releases". Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ "libreCMC: Releases". Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  3. ^ "libreCMC 1.5.x LICENSE file". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "List of Free GNU/Linux Distributions". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. ^ "libreCMC FAQ". librecmc.org. Retrieved 2020-07-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "libreCMC: libreCMC". 2014-07-12. Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  7. ^ "LibreCMC: Free Software Router Distribution Beta | Trisquel GNU/Linux - Run free!". 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Free Software Foundation adds libreCMC to its list of endorsed distributions — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software". www.fsf.org. 2014-09-04. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Free Software Supporter - Issue 78, September 2014 — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software". www.fsf.org. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  10. ^ "ThinkPenguin wireless router now FSF-certified to respect your freedom — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software". www.fsf.org. 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "libreCMC: The libre embedded GNU/Linux distro". 2015-09-06. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  12. ^ "libreCMC Project News". 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  13. ^ "LibreWRT: What we use for wifi at the FSF — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software". www.fsf.org. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  14. ^ "List of Free GNU/Linux Distributions - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation".
  15. ^ "Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how". Telecom Tech News. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 3 May 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Zhong, Peng. "LibreWRT - Projects - PRISM Break". Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  17. ^ "ThinkPenguin VPN mini-router now FSF-certified to respect your freedom — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software". www.fsf.org. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ a b c Version-Releases of LibreCMC. Website of the software developer. Accessed on June the 19th in 2019
  19. ^ a b c d "libreCMC : The libre Embedded GNU/Linux[-libre] distro". 2016-10-27. Archived from the original on 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  20. ^ "libreCMC: Supported_Hardware". librecmc.org.

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