I currently use VyOS 1.1.8 as my home router, and I was thinking about upgrading it to 1.2 rolling release.
However I’m trying to asses how “stable” the 1.2 rolling release actually is. According to:
, I understand that its “stability” is not “guaranteed”, but it is implied that it is fairly “stable”, except say a few rough edges and usual bugs.
On the other hand looking at: https://downloads.vyos.io/?dir=rolling/current/amd64
, I see that there is a “release” (perhaps a “build”?) almost every day.
Now, I don’t mind being a “test subject” for a pre-release build (especially for an open-source project), however I wouldn’t want to step over rough edges every other day. (For me these daily releases seem more “nightly” releases.)
Therefore my two questions are:
- how stable are the rolling release snapshots? (i.e. should I expect that in more than 10% of the upgrades I will hit a bug?)
- are there some snapshots between these “nightly” (rolling) versions and the LTS ones?
To put things from another perspective: I understand that VyOS is an open-source based project that requires some form of financial sustainability, hence the “subscriptions”. I also understand that VyOS is used by many enterprises that can afford to pay $500 yearly to get access to an LTS release.
However (based on what I’ve seen in the forum), I guess that VyOS is also used by a lot of people as their “home” or “lab” router, therefore not directly contributing to their revenue. Unfortunately the users in this category are faced with three (almost extreme) options:
- buy a quite expensive license (although they need only one VyOS instance);
- use an older LTS release like 1.1.8 (as most likely it already covers 90% of their needs, and security isn’t a concern);
- hassle with (what I assume are) “nightly” builds from the rolling release; (which, again I assume, will cost them a lot in terms of headaches;)
Therefore I think a forth option would be useful for this user category: buy a “home user” / “small office” license, which would offer for example a limited number of VyOS instances (perhaps only one?), with updates for say a year, perhaps one “release” older than the “professional” license.
I am also aware that enforcing such a “home” license is quite hard, as it will be mostly based on trust. However I feel there is a large “gap” in VyOS offering at this moment, underserving perhaps its most loyal community members: the “home” users and “small businesses”.
I hope I didn’t offend anyone, I once more want to stress the fact that I understand that VyOS is an open-source project, based on volunteer work. Thank you all that have contributed to it (or all the other open-source projects that it is based on)!