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Which ROSversion would you recommend to beginners?

asked 2017-12-29 23:06:02 -0500

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Which ROSversion and UbuntuVersion would you recommend to beginners?

I want to make a robot using ROS. I would like to use (Kinect, RealSense, MechanumRobot, LRF, GPS) at Ros.

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answered 2017-12-30 04:15:00 -0500

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updated 2017-12-30 04:59:51 -0500

Step 1: If you plan to use a specific ROS package, can check its compatibility with a specific ROS distribution from its ROS wiki or github page.

Step 2: After deciding on a ROS distro, from the distribution's wiki page, find out which Ubuntu version it targets. For example, ROS kinetic is targeted at Ubuntu 16.04.

From my experience, most packages support Indigo and Kinetic

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Indigo and Kinetic are also the LTS versions of ROS.

jayess gravatar image jayess  ( 2017-12-30 04:21:43 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-01-23 21:55:24 -0500

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I would say that it depends a lot on the platform and study area in which you plan to perform, to decide first of all what kind of system you want to start with ROS (computer, robot, embedded system, among others).

In my case for example I started with SBC Single Board Computers and the best and most economical option to start with sensors was the Raspberry PI where I did my tutorial from ROS Hydro through Indigo to finally get to Kinetic.

In my opinion there is not much change between versions before the eyes of a beginner as long as they do first of all the tutorials (you can not skip them for no reason, I would recommend).

The main goal is to select the device or platform on which you expect to work and from there select the version of ROS compatible, if you do not have any clear application it is better to start on a computer or laptop with the LTS (Kinetic) version, do the tutorials and start experimenting.

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