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Is there or will there be ROS on Raspberry pi3 OS:Jessie

asked 2017-01-27 08:49:47 -0500

Bonzadog gravatar image


I am about to start collecting information of my private autonomus robot system. I would like to use the popular Raspberry Pi 3....

Question is: Is there or will there be ROS on Raspberry pi3 OS:Jessie (Debian) or must I use a different MB and, if so, which Board would you suggest ?

Many thanks for any assistance.

ROS could be ideal for my project.

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You can definitely build ROS Indigo from source on Debian Jessie. But it's not as convenient as getting it from Debian packages.

spmaniato gravatar image spmaniato  ( 2017-01-27 11:41:57 -0500 )edit

However, there's a hacky workaround for installing ROS Indigo on Jessie via apt-get . So if this is more of a hobby project, try this: You basically pretend that the RPi3 is running Ubuntu Trusty for ARM even though it's running Raspbian Jessie.

spmaniato gravatar image spmaniato  ( 2017-01-27 11:42:37 -0500 )edit

It looks like you have three sides to the triangle - hardware, operating system, and level of effort. If you prioritize using the Raspberry Pi above using Raspbian Jessie, then you could go with Ubuntu 16.04 and Kinetic. Or Debian Jessie and different hardware. Or ROS source and more effort.

suforeman gravatar image suforeman  ( 2017-01-27 19:52:17 -0500 )edit

No big deal to build from source on Jessie. Did it the other night. Posted a script in the pixhawk 2 group on fb. Anyone running ubuntu-mate with ROS? gravatar image  ( 2017-02-12 07:09:05 -0500 )edit

I'm using Ubuntu Xenial (no GUI) with ROS Kinetic with good success. There are some caveats. The steps I've used are here:

suforeman gravatar image suforeman  ( 2017-02-12 07:43:08 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-02-11 23:32:02 -0500

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updated 2017-02-11 23:32:37 -0500

Is there a reason you are using Raspbian? Ubuntu supports the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 with Ubuntu Mate

With Ubuntu Mat you can just install ROS regularly.

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I wanted to keep the same OS with all my projects. >This is the preferred OS by the

Bonzadog gravatar image Bonzadog  ( 2017-02-12 04:40:51 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-02-11 16:05:24 -0500

Hi, I have a Python Fabric script that sets up ROS Kinetic (as well as OpenCV too) on a new Jessie Lite image on a Raspberry Pi 3. While you are still "compiling" ROS, it's driven by a script which should just work.

For more info check out more info here. Let me know if you have questions!

Cheers Jack

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Interesting...I will certainly look at that. Many thanks. I'll be using the full Jessie version on a 32GB SD. But I remove Scratch.

Bonzadog gravatar image Bonzadog  ( 2017-02-12 04:42:39 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-01-27 13:08:15 -0500

Bonzadog gravatar image

Thank you for your help. I am not too keen compiling from all the sources since there may be problems with dependencies But the RPi 3 has - as you know an ARM processor - so I am beginning to think that perhaps doing a compile job may well be the best way.
May need help - a lot of help perhaps.

Probably the best solution would be a different main board that can run a pre-compiled package.

.Any suggestions there?

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Has anyone used ROS on another board ... I am not stuck with the RPi and am very open to alternatives. Many thanks

Bonzadog gravatar image Bonzadog  ( 2017-02-01 04:14:30 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-02-12 05:24:02 -0500

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I use Ros with the PI3 und ubuntu-server without a Gui runs linke a charme.

An other boad is the UP-Board you can use the RealSans camera with it, nice thin 3D sensor. i have both und prever to use the UPboard.

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I have had a look at the UP-Board and the UP²-Board. Bother very impressive boards and will be looking into them- Even if much more expensive to the RPi3 - but they appear to offer a lot! Thank you.

Bonzadog gravatar image Bonzadog  ( 2017-02-12 07:35:09 -0500 )edit

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