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Best method of ROS Fuerte + Gazebo

asked 2012-12-14 09:45:33 -0500

Shanker Keshavdas gravatar image

I am new to using Gazebo, but have been using ROS for a while now. I notice that ROS still packages an old version of Gazebo (1.0.2). I notice that most questions on this forum address the newer version 1.2. I need to create a mobile ground robot, use 3D mapping etc. Would there be an advantage in using the newest version of Gazebo and just writing a ROS plugin for it? Or would it be a waste of time, and perhaps using the older version of Gazebo 1.0.2 is enough?

I ask mostly for opinion based on experience if it matches my plans.


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answered 2012-12-14 12:42:52 -0500

nkoenig gravatar image

I would highly recommend using the lastest debian version of Gazebo, which is currently 1.3.1. This will be the most stable and feature rich version. This is also the version which we actively support.

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I am confused by your use of "debian" in this answer. Elsewhere the documentation says things like "We develop and run Gazebo primarily on Ubuntu Linux." Does this answer mean you are really developing Gazebo on Debian Linux? I care because Ubuntu is not installing on my Dell Precision T7600 ...

cga gravatar imagecga ( 2012-12-15 10:57:03 -0500 )edit

When we say "debian," it's in reference to a binary package, a .deb file. That's the file format used by Debian Linux and Debian-based Linuxes, including Ubuntu Linux. At the moment, we're only building debians for Ubuntu. In the future, we might build debians for Debian (and other Linuxes).

gerkey gravatar imagegerkey ( 2012-12-16 15:10:12 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your answer @nkoenig . I also assume from your answer that one should follow steps similar to those described here and develop an appropriate plugin. Would be nice if I could find some predeveloped though ! :)

Shanker Keshavdas gravatar imageShanker Keshavdas ( 2012-12-20 04:24:06 -0500 )edit

So for those upgrading from the version issued with ROS, what would be the best procedure to upgrade as your install guide directs ROS users to the ROS download page?

PMilani gravatar imagePMilani ( 2012-12-20 22:22:50 -0500 )edit
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