Whereas desktop distributions use glib and dbus (and udev) OpenWrt uses libubox and ubus (and hotplug2). This provides some pretty awesome functionality without requiring huge libraries with huge dependencies (*cough* glib).
|Typical main memory size||128 MiB to 16 GiB (or more)||32 MiB to 512 MiB1)||min 92 MiB for Android 2.1
min 340 MiB for Android 4.0
|Supported intruction sets||almost anything||almost anything||x86, 86-64, ARM, MIPS32|
|non-volatile storage space||100 MiB||8 MiB2)||150MiB for Android 2.1
512MiB for Android 4.0
|FOSS and binary drivers||FOSS drivers: e.g. 802.11; Iaccess||Android binary drivers|
|C standard library||glibc||uClibc||bionic||glibc + libhybris||eglibc 2.15|
|rsyslog / syslog-ng||busybox-klogd, busybox-syslogd|
|network configuration||NetworkManager + GUI||
(not ConnMan = ConnectionManager!)
(GObject, Glib, GModule, GThread, GIO)
|Package management system||dpkg/APT
libubox(~ 12KiB) is a general purpose library which provides things like an event loop, binary blob message formatting and handling, the Linux linked list implementation, and some JSON helpers. The functions in
libuboxare used to write the other software in LuCI2
ubus(~ 13KiB) is an RPC daemon similar to D-Bus but with a much friendlier C API
dbus is bloated, its C API is very annoying to use and requires writing large amounts of boilerplate code. In fact, the pure C API is so annoying that its own API documentation states: "If you use this low-level API directly, you're signing up for some pain."
ubus is tiny and has the advantage of being easy to use from regular C code, as well as automatically making all exported API functionality also available to shell scripts with no extra effort.
"Of course, NetworkManager should be renamed to
"unetwork", dbus to
"ubus", PulseAudio to
"usound", and X.Org-Server/Wayland-Compositor to
"udisplay"; and then indescribable happiness would come down to all people of this world." – Lennart Poettering