[ros-users] ROS and RoBoard

Jim Patek roboat at hydrorobotics.com
Tue May 10 03:00:34 UTC 2011

I have been trying to get ROS installed on one of my RoBoards (Vortrx86 
based SBC, www.roboard.com) similarly to Taylor Veltrop.  I ran into a 
few difficulties and while fixing them have created a new install of 
Ubuntu on the RoBoard.  As I was tinkering with this, I ended up 
building a light fast install based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server with the 
newest Vortex86 kernel installed.  I put X on it and installed Awesome 
window manager (very small, light and can be run with or w/o a mouse).  
I have ROS Diamondback installed (and working) and the RoBoIO v1.7 
library compiled and installed as a Shared Library (RoBoIO.so).  Works 
like a champ ... low memory and processor load and is only 2.75 GB on an 
8 GB partition.  I have made a CloneZilla image of it and thought if 
anyone was interested I would post it on my server for download.  With 
CloneZilla it is very easy to install to the RoBoard with a 2 GB USB 
stick (the image is 1.1 GB).  You just install CloneZilla to to the USB 
stick, copy the image to the /home/partimg directory, boot on the USB 
and follow the instructions.  The image is for an 8 GB disk, so you will 
need at least an 8 GB microSD card.

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