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It's hard to say specifically. This is what the install wiki has to say.

: ROS Jade Turtle is the latest release, but ROS Indigo Igloo is our LTS (Long Term Service) release, which is supported through the life time of Ubuntu Trusty, and it is recommended for situations where stability is paramount.

The packages you mentioned are probably close to begin ready, and, should they not be, you can definitely compile them from source. There are plenty of tools available to do this. This is the beauty of Linux: good code works where you least expect it to.

It's hard to say specifically. This is what the install wiki has to say.

: ROS Jade Turtle is the latest release, but ROS Indigo Igloo is our LTS (Long Term Service) release, which is supported through the life time of Ubuntu Trusty, and it is recommended for situations where stability is paramount.

The packages you mentioned are probably close to begin ready, and, should they not be, you can definitely compile them from source. There are plenty of tools available to do this. This is the beauty of Linux: good code works where you least expect it to.


So I'm running Jade. I built one of the packages you mentioned, rplidar. To do so, all I needed to do was the following.

$ roscd && cd ../src
$ git clone https://github.com/robopeak/rplidar_ros
$ cd ../ && catkin_make

The package built cleanly and, as far as I can tell, is working. I just have a simple desktop_full install. But, if I were missing dependencies, I could have just run rosdep install rplidar_ros to get them.

Best of luck!