I just got notice that the next release of ROS has been made. Groovy is it name:
Hello ROS Community,
As we close out 2012 we're happy to announce the release of ROS Groovy
Galapagos. The theme of this release has been building infrastructure to
support the growing ROS development community.
Using the new rosdistro repository on GitHub as a microcosm, you can get a
sense of scale for the Groovy development There are 118 public forks of
the project publicly available with 73 people having contributed commits to
the repository. Running a script over the history of just the
releases/groovy.yaml file in the repository finds that during the groovy
development cycle there have been over 1100 commits changing the revisions
of packages. And counting each changed version number there have been more
than 3500 releases submitted to be built on the build farm. This means
that there have been more than 10 releases every day for the last 9 months
These statistics only count the packages which have been converted to use
the new build and release system which currently stands as about half the
released repositories. One of the goals going forward in Hydro development
will be convert the majority of the unconverted packages.
All these releases have been submitted to our upgraded build
farm infrastructure. The over 450 packages are built into binary packages
on 6 different architectures. The binary builds for packages take between
3 and 90 minutes each, and if run on a single computer would take more than
2 weeks to complete running continuously. The automatic documentation jobs
likewise would take several days to run if run on a single computer.
The Groovy release cycle ran longer than originally planned however giving
it the extra development time has allowed us to produce a much more
polished release which will support us better as we start considering how
ROS should progress forward. Going forward the Hydro cycle is expected to
be shortened to bring the releases back into sync with the Ubuntu releases
with a target of Hydro Medusa for April 2013.
In the near future we will begin the Hydro planning cycle and kick off a
new round of SIGs. If you have been thinking about something you would
like to see in ROS the SIGs will be a great opportunities to find others
interested in collaborating to make those thoughts reality.
Below are the Release Notes. They have been filled in for the core
packages and anyone who sent me information has been integrated. If you
have updates stacks or packages, please add your information to the version
on the wiki to make it as complete as possible.
In the final release there have been 82 packages patched since Beta 3.
Most of the focus in the run-up to the release has been on documentation
Happy New Year!
Your ROS Groovy Release Team
ROS Groovy Galapagos
ROS Groovy Galapagos will be the sixth ROS distribution
was released December 31st 2012. In this release we have focused on the
core infrastructure of ROS to make it easier to use, more modular, more
scalable, work across a larger number of operating systems/hardware
architectures/robots and most importantly to further involve the ROS