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Are there any limitations to using ROS in VirtualBox Ubuntu?

asked 2015-07-03 10:24:02 -0500

loubohan gravatar image

I installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 on VirtualBox on Mac OS X Yosemite and I then installed ROS Indigo on Ubuntu.

I am wondering if there are any features of ROS that this setup does not allow, such as connecting to hardware like sensors or actuators.

Thank you.

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answered 2015-07-03 11:32:35 -0500

Well, maybe you could have problems with USB devices (USB 3.0). I just know that USB 2.0 devices are supported only by this plugin. But maybe USB 3.0 is supported as well, but you would have to check for that and I am in doubt that you need USB3. Most kind of stuff I guess will work, even serial interfaces can be bound to the virtual machine.

I have used it multiple times to simulate multi machine setups on one computer. I did not experience any problem so far.

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answered 2015-07-03 12:53:04 -0500

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Besides the USB issue @cyborg-x1 mentioned, virtual machines are known to be not fully compatible with RViz. There are many references for that. VirtualBox on OSX in my experience works far better for RViz purpose than VMWare Workstation, VMWare Player on Windows.

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Yes right, I never tried that one. Does it also not work with enabled 3D support?

cyborg-x1 gravatar image cyborg-x1  ( 2015-07-03 15:44:22 -0500 )edit

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