[riot-devel] Beta-Testing of the gnrc stack and removal of the old network stack

Kaspar Schleiser kaspar at schleiser.de
Thu Aug 6 15:42:55 CEST 2015

Hello RIOTers,

as announced, we've merged the PR that removes the old network stack.

The last commit before removal is


Issue #3417 [1] shows dropped functionality. Also, we've started a
wiki-page [2] collecting features we're removing due to lack of
resources, but the page is a little short on content at the moment.

Happy hacking!
Kaspar & Hauke

[1] https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/issues/3417
[2] https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/wiki/Removed-Features

On 07/28/15 21:22, Oleg Hahm wrote:
> Hello RIOTers,
> on the last bi-weekly developer meeting, we've decided to 
> 1.) start a beta-test period for the new gnrc network stack and
> 2.) remove the old network stack from our master tree.
> ad 1.)
> The new network stack, also known as generic or gnrc stack, is intended to
> become the default network (IPv6) stack for RIOT within the next couple of
> weeks. 
> Thanks to the tremendous work of the NSTF (network stack task force) the stack
> has finally reached a state where you can run a full IP stack (from UDP down
> to PHY) as well on native (Ethernet and plain IPv6) as on real (802.15.4
> capable) hardware (6LoWPAN).
> In order to converge to a stable state as fast as we can, help for testing,
> finding and fixing bugs is highly appreciated.
> We would like to invite the whole RIOT community to check out the current
> master and play around with gnrc features as a kind of beta testing.
> ad 2.)
> Since the gnrc stack is meant to replace the current IPv6 stack, we've decided
> to remove this stack already now. For a summary of pro/con arguments please
> check the meeting minutes. [1]
> One week from now (Wed 05.08.), we will tag the last commit that contains the
> old network stack, and then merge a removal PR (probably #3334 [2]).
> Issue #3417 [3] will be used to track removed functionality.
> If you have important arguments against removing the old stack, speak up!
> Kaspar and Oleg
> [1] http://riot.pad.spline.de/15
> [2] https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/pull/3334
> [3] https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/issues/3417
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