OpenWrt defines itself as an operating system based on the Linux kernel developed to be used on embedded devices that have to route network traffic. Instead of creating a static firmware, this kind of distribution offers the user a complete file system with packet management, being able to customize any device choosing the packets that suit him the best.
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What does this mean? Developers can create an application without needing to generate all the supporting firmware, while the ordinary user is offered customization when it comes to using his device, being able to change the default firmware of his router, for instance.
On what devices can OpenWrt run?
This Linux distribution can run on plenty of different embedded devices, including:
- Any computer with x86 architecture.
- Pocket computers and laptops.
- Residential gateways.