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I'm assuming that because Fuerte has long since passed its EOL date,

true.

the binaries have been taken off the server.

The main repositories have been cleaned up and don't serve the Fuerte binaries any more.

However, the SnapshotRepository still has everything available.

Follow the instructions there, don't be confused by the fact that fuerte is not listed in the table on that page, but do realise there is only a final snapshot available: see snapshots.ros.org/fuerte.

That should allow you to install the latest builds of all Fuerte packages.

I also tried to install it from source,

Please don't do this, unless absolutely necessary.

I was able to get a virtual machine running with Ubuntu 12.04 on it.

As an alternative you could consider using the Docker images for legacy ROS versions. That could also let you avoid the VM, which is always a good thing imho.

I'm assuming that because Fuerte has long since passed its EOL date,

true.

the binaries have been taken off the server.

The main repositories have been cleaned up and don't serve the Fuerte binaries any more.

However, the SnapshotRepository still has everything available.

Follow the instructions there, don't be confused by the fact that fuerte is not listed in the table on that page, but do realise there is only a final snapshot available: see snapshots.ros.org/fuerteavailable, as explained in the Snapshots of End-Of-Life ROS distributions. section.

That should allow you to install the latest builds of all Fuerte packages.

I also tried to install it from source,

Please don't do this, unless absolutely necessary.

I was able to get a virtual machine running with Ubuntu 12.04 on it.

As an alternative you could consider using the Docker images for legacy ROS versions. That could also let you avoid the VM, which is always a good thing imho.

I'm assuming that because Fuerte has long since passed its EOL date,

true.

the binaries have been taken off the server.

The main repositories have been cleaned up and don't serve the Fuerte binaries any more.

However, the SnapshotRepository still has everything available.

Follow the instructions there, don't be confused by the fact that fuerte is not listed in the table on that page, but do realise there is only a final snapshot available, as explained in the Snapshots of End-Of-Life ROS distributions section.

That should allow you to install the latest latest last builds of all Fuerte packages.

I also tried to install it from source,

Please don't do this, unless absolutely necessary.

I was able to get a virtual machine running with Ubuntu 12.04 on it.

As an alternative you could consider using the Docker images for legacy ROS versions. That could also let you avoid the VM, which is always a good thing imho.