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Starting a new project: Start with Groovy or wait for Hydro?

asked 2013-07-06 08:38:09 -0500

GabK gravatar image

I'm starting a new ROS project. As I was documenting myself and learning how everything worked, I noticed that ROS Hydro was releasing next month.

Is it worth waiting to start a new project or could I start right away on Groovy and eventually upgrade? If it's the latter, how hard would it be to upgrade from Groovy to Hydro?

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answered 2013-07-06 11:30:34 -0500

lindzey gravatar image

I'd start now with Groovy (or maybe even Fuerte like @davinci, depending on your needs).

According to REP 003, Groovy will be supported on Oneiric, Precise and Quantal. There was a recent discussion on the mailing list regarding how to map ROS releases to Ubuntu LTS releases, but I'm not sure if it has propagated anywhere on the wiki.

You might also be interested at the recent survey results regarding how often people upgrade their ROS distro (short version - most people do NOT upgrade immediately upon release.) There is also a survey on which operating systems are in use.

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Thanks! That was really helpful.

GabK gravatar image GabK  ( 2013-07-08 09:54:18 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-07-07 08:34:42 -0500

joq gravatar image

I would start with Groovy and upgrade when Hydro is released (soon).

The Groovy to Hydro upgrade should be straightforward.

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answered 2013-07-06 09:43:08 -0500

davinci gravatar image

It depends on what packages you are planning to use. Personally I am still using Fuerte, because some things don't work properly on Groovy. You should make an overview if the benefits of using Hydro outweigh the possible problems with some packages.

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Just wondering - what doesn't work properly on Groovy?

ZdenekM gravatar image ZdenekM  ( 2013-07-09 08:02:20 -0500 )edit

Kinect isn't working properly on Groovy

Neo gravatar image Neo  ( 2013-09-15 13:30:21 -0500 )edit

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