The supported hardware page gives instructions to use an image from the stable release (10.03).
It does run, but I’ve found that the stable release version they advise has issues with Android clients being unable to connect; especially with DHCP.
The image from 10.03.1-rc4 works perfectly fine for me, however.
openwrt.org has a news post that there isn’t enough manpower to maintain trunk and a stable branch. 10.03.1-rc4 works perfectly fine for me though so give it a try if you’re wary of using the trunk branch and giving yourself a $75 brick.
This is just as much a review and criticism as it is a guide. I hope it may help somebody (like anybody reads this).
My first attempt into putting OpenWRT on my router (a TP-Link TL-WR1043ND) ended up in a nice semi-bricking (don’t ask, it was my mistake.) A little soldering and a serial cable later and I decided to try out dd-wrt.
The installation was pretty painless, a simple matter of flashing the factory-to-ddwrt.bin on the dd-wrt site. It rebooted, I got a new DHCP lease a moment later, and everything was good. I did run into a few problems though:
If you look through the dd-wrt forums you’ll find many posts instructing the viewer to use Optware. Optware, by the way, is for broadcom chipsets only. Very helpful.
After about three hours of this mess (and attempting different builds in hopes that I just picked a bad one) I gave up and loaded openwrt. Half an hour later I had a working system with a Hurricane Electric tunnel and radvd.
dd-wrt’s admin panel is definitely much slicker and has a more complete ‘status’ page but the release quality is, in my opinion, a train wreck.
Here’s a fun bug that I’ve run into lately. Multiplying lists replicates the reference to the same list, leaving you with a replicated and mutable list. Here’s an example:
»> list = [] * 10
[, , , , , , , , , ]
So far it’s exactly what we would we normally expect. But now we append to that list:
[[‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’], [‘test’]]
And we get something quite different from what most people would expect. The solution is simple, don’t multiply lists to create multiple elements, use a loop with range to create unique child lists:
list = [ for i in range(10)]
Today I’m reviewing WolfCMS (specifically 0.7.5), a PHP CMS & miniature blog system.
The good: it’s decently well organized, the default ‘theme’ is appealing, and the admin area is as clean as a simple CMS could possibly be. There is also a fairly thorough security review script that checks file permissions for you. Options for your database include mySQL, SQLite, and PostgreSQL (a nice change from mySQL being the only possibility.) It comes with both a markdown and textile filters for your pages.
The bad: Unfortunately it could use quite some work. The default layout was unable to find children of the ‘home’ page so the site navigation was broken from the installation. The site templates are stored in the database which makes my preferred editor no help at all.
Summary: It looks good, and is probably fine for very simple sites. I wouldn’t use it for a large site that requires frequent editing though.