On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Tully Foote <tfoote@osrfoundation.org> wrote:
Hi Jack,

It is needed for supporting some of the Kinect variants, not all of them work with OpenNI. It's also been a little easier to support exotic computing platforms with this driver. I'd prefer to keep the Kinect support for the TurtleBot for now. 

There is a rosdep for libfreenect-dev https://github.com/ros/rosdistro/blob/master/rosdep/base.yaml#L1483 which I hope could replace the libfreenect ros package. http://wiki.ros.org/libfreenect but is not necessary. 

I hope rereleasing will be just a few minutes since there's been no changes for a long time and we can just move on.

No problem. Just trying to avoid a little maintenance work, if possible. :-)
We chose for the TurtleBot maintenance load to only do the LTS releases which is why we didn't push to have this released into Jade. 

Good idea. I suppose we should release to Jade as well as Kinetic.