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asked 2016-12-12 00:33:26 -0500

EmmaHsu gravatar image

Dears: If I want to developed a sensor driver and release up to ROS. Needs to charged any price from ROS?

best regards, Emma

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answered 2016-12-12 01:50:14 -0500

mgruhler gravatar image

No! ROS is open source ( ) and if you want to release something as open source as well, you are free to do so. Check out the bloom documentation which is the release toolchain used in ROS.

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Thanks for your reply :)

EmmaHsu gravatar image EmmaHsu  ( 2016-12-12 02:06:34 -0500 )edit

Perhaps 'open-source' could use some clarification: wikipedia/zh/open-source.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-12-12 02:07:30 -0500 )edit

And "open source" -> "commercially usable" is not a valid conclusion!!

NEngelhard gravatar image NEngelhard  ( 2016-12-12 09:11:21 -0500 )edit

@NEngelhard: could you clarify that statement a bit? Are you referring to licensing or code quality (or both)?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-12-12 09:30:18 -0500 )edit

I was referring to the license. Just being open source is not enough for being commercially usable.

NEngelhard gravatar image NEngelhard  ( 2016-12-12 09:58:23 -0500 )edit

@NEngelhard@gvdhoorn good points. But I understood the questions as: "do I have to pay to release a package".

This is a clean "No, you don't have to." Whether the release package is suitable for anything is another matter ;-)

mgruhler gravatar image mgruhler  ( 2016-12-12 10:32:36 -0500 )edit

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