[ros-users] Enterprise Version of ROS

Jack O'Quin jack.oquin at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 19:54:03 UTC 2012

On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM, Edwards, Shaun M. <sedwards at swri.org> wrote:
> We have been using ROS for some time now.  Projects that originally started
> as research are now maturing to the point where they need to be deployed.
> As we have started moving ROS from research applications to real world
> applications  it is becoming very clear that stability, safety, and
> reliability are of chief concerns to our customers.  For early adopters, we
> can alleviate these issues by standing behind the software as a whole,
> including ROS.  After all, sometimes it is easier to support an open
> software solution than it is a closed solution, since not all closed source
> software vendors live up to our customers expectations.
> I would like to gauge community interest in creating a group whose purpose
> is to test, review, and certify robust, stable, and safe  Enterprise
> versions of ROS.  This may be a group of volunteers, but I fully expect that
> such a group would need significant funding, hopefully by commercial and
> other large users.  It is also possible that a company could be create for
> or step into this role, much like RedHat.
> Is anybody open to this idea?  Is this a good idea?  Has anybody else
> seen/expressed this need?  Is ROS at the point where this makes sense?  What
> do you think?

This seems like a good idea to me.

I am not currently working in that environment, however.

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