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Why does ROS not have any GUI and support for Windows?

asked 2016-05-28 06:46:23 -0500

SarSam gravatar image

ROS developers have developed a great platform for Robotics Programming indeed.

But why is it so hard to make a Graphical User Interface like many other softwares and built-in Eclipse like environment?

And since most of the world use Windows, it is very inconvenient to switch to Ubuntu to use ROS!

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"And since most of the world use Windows" I'd love to have a robot that just shuts down from time to time to update or exchange it's OS :) Which problems do you have with a gui? QT is a good option for graphical Interfaces.

NEngelhard gravatar image NEngelhard  ( 2016-05-28 06:57:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-28 12:24:28 -0500

spmaniato gravatar image

From this week's ros-users mailing list:

Personally, I'd go the VM route though. Probably using Vagrant + Virtual Box.

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Thanks! +1

SarSam gravatar image SarSam  ( 2016-05-29 04:19:53 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-05-28 10:35:29 -0500

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updated 2016-05-28 10:36:31 -0500

An viable alternative for the Windows' classrooms enviroment (or for Microsoft Windows OS users) is to use a Ubuntu virtual machine over a Windows OS using Virtual Box. Even virtual machine with ROS installed ready-to-use exists as .ova files for VirtualBox from nootrix http://nootrix.com/software/virtualiz...

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answered 2016-05-28 09:50:15 -0500

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But why is it so hard to make a Graphical User Interface like many other softwares and built-in Eclipse like environment?

If it is not so hard, then you should create one.

Inconvenienced Windows users would sing your praises; high praise indeed!

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