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Why are there turtles everywhere in ROS land?

asked 2020-03-18 21:04:55 -0500

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updated 2020-03-19 03:13:26 -0500

I'm impressed that ROS community has never run short of idea for the turtles for the distribution code name (ROS1, ROS2). But I'm wondering why turtle?

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Hi @130s, shouldn't ROS Discourse be more appropriate for this discussion?

parzival gravatar image parzival  ( 2020-03-19 08:24:43 -0500 )edit

@parzival This isn't really a discussion topic so it's better here as a question.

tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2020-03-19 12:26:10 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-03-18 21:11:09 -0500

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American coworkers are talking about the link to LOGO. And indeed from this post from 2009 about the release of turtlesim I read:

In an effort to simplify ROS adoption for new users, we developed turtlesim, a LOGO-inspired tool that provides a hands-on approach to learning ROS basics.

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Exactly! The background of turtles go back to graphics but even in the 70s or so there were “turtlebot” pen-drawing toys. ROS simply adopted the convention

stevemacenski gravatar image stevemacenski  ( 2020-03-19 10:13:53 -0500 )edit

answered 2020-03-19 12:30:59 -0500

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I talked about this a bit in my interview on the ROS Developers Podcast. Starting around 32:44

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As we do with others who post a "link only answer", I'd ask you to post a description/summary of what you said in your interview, here in your answer. If/when the podcast disappears (which happens quite often), we would at least have the textual version here in your answer.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-03-19 12:54:47 -0500 )edit

I'd like to write a noteably longer more authoritative answer with links etc but that's more time than I have right now. Until I have time to circle back for that I'd rather keep it with the more casual answer in the podcast.

tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2020-03-19 13:01:41 -0500 )edit

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