Alpine currently ships wpa_supplicant as default for wireless.
It seems iwd is available on community for all architectures but s390x and I come to share an idea of 1) move iwd to main 2) fix s390x compilation 3) ship iwd as Alpine default wireless daemon, completely replacing wpa_supplicant
lines of code according to cloc
wpa_supplicant: 107.301 lines of code
iwd: 33.350 lines of code
size of the binary
wpa_supplicant (total) -- 1.6M
iwd (total) -- 676.0K
I don't consider number of CVEs because iwd is much newer so it's natural to have fewer.
But I think the Alpine community agrees that most times less code == less vulnerabilities.
And iwd is much smaller than wpa_supplicant.
All considered iwd feels it belongs to Alpine more than wpa_supplicant.
As Alpine always tries to stay with small footprint and ever slimmer base, iwd seems natural to be the default.
Received on Sun May 26 2019 - 12:56:14 UTC