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1. OpenWRT
Published Nominee by bswitzer
[ http://kwlug.org/node/744 ]

It's somewhat startling to realize OpenWRT wasn't nominated long ago
...

>From http://openwrt.org/:
- OpenWrt is described as a Linux distribution for embedded devices.

Contributions - cash or equipment, but apparently to SPI, with
instructions to forward to OpenWRT, instead of OpenWRT directly:
- https://dev.openwrt.org/wiki/SupportDonate - includes credit card
payment means. No obvious PayPal mechanism sticks out.
- ('oldwiki') http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/donations - goes into
more detail with respect to desired equipment, but may be outdated.
- SPI - Software in the Public Interest: http://www.spi-inc.org/. SPI
can, for example, issue (US?) tax receipts, unlike OpenWRT itself, I
assume.

More commonly, enthusiasts tend to run OpenWRT on appropriate router
hardware, letting consumers access the full capability of the hardware
they have purchased, rather than just the limited functionality
available via the proprietary software / web interface.
For example, the ability to define vlans on a switch is something not
often seen on very low cost equipment. The hardware may have the
capability to do it, but the functionality is inaccessible via the
included configuration interface. OpenWRT enables, and enables access
to, more of the hardware functionality already present.
Combining the rich feature set of applications like busybox, with the
hardware access and user interfaces provided by OpenWRT, OpenWRT has
made a rich feature set available, increasing our value for hardware
dollar, to all, for free. For devices that most all of us use in our
homes every day - our ISP connected router. It isn't much of a stretch
to say that it represents a fine example of FOSS, and the FOSS
community.
Need a little Linux box? Run OpenWRT.


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