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ROS on Odroid U3

asked 2014-07-22 17:14:43 -0500

nckswt gravatar image

I'm trying to figure out the best way to set up my Odroid U3 with ROS. Here's a list of problems and their potential solutions, but I don't have a ton of experience with this and I was hoping to tap greater minds:

  • Problem: ROS is built for x86 architectures, not ARM architectures.
    • Solution: Use the UbuntuARM installation
    • Issue: This ties us down to Hydro. ROS also has weak (but getting better!) support for ARM, which is still an issue for many packages.
  • Problem: Odroid's preconfigured Linux install is Saucy Salamander, 13.10, which is supported by Indigo.
    • Solution: Install Ubuntu 13.04 on the Odroid and use the UbuntuARM installation with Hydro.
    • Issue: I have to install an unsupported and old OS on the Odroid U3, preventing me from using any developments from Indigo as well.

Anything else I'm missing? Have many others installed ROS on Odroid or on ARM architectures (Beagleboard, Raspberry Pi, etc.)?

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answered 2014-08-15 19:37:39 -0500

ahendrix gravatar image

Yes, you've stated most of the current issues exactly.

I now have experimental binary builds of Indigo available for Trusty armhf:

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answered 2014-07-23 22:28:18 -0500

kmhallen gravatar image

An official image of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty has been released for all ODROID boards

You could install ROS Indigo from source with Ubuntu 14.04 and get the prerequisites from the UbuntuARM debian repository. It looks like the generic tools may be available for 'all' distributions, otherwise you may have to install those from source too.

I used Ubuntu 13.04 Raring with ROS Hydro from the UbuntuARM debian repo a year ago on my ODROID U3 board, but I have not used UbuntuARM recently.

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I'd tried ROS Indigo before, and it was getting pretty messy. Trying a 13.04 image from Odroid, and I'm hoping that works better!

nckswt gravatar image nckswt  ( 2014-08-08 14:22:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-06-11 04:20:29 -0500

kilmarnock gravatar image

Just for the records: The current answer (6/2015) would be:

Install this image:

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