[ros-users] Software Status Reporting and Custom Builds

Thibault Kruse kruset at in.tum.de
Tue Sep 24 08:51:40 UTC 2013

On 24.09.2013 02:12, Dejan Pangercic wrote:
>> Selling ROS (even for free) to a company is a marketing problem, it is about
>> maintaining a community, a pretty website and advertising, finding reference
>> customers speaking up for the product, and so on.
> Thibault this is unfortunately very wrong. Selling ROS is right now
> rather a technical problem. Say you have
> $10 available for your micro-controller. And that one has to be
> certified, has to support some sort of encryption to protect IP, etc.
> So you end up with the chip like this:
> http://www.atmel.com/Images/doc6462.pdf, note 266MHz. Now you go, put
> ROS on it and have it run drivers, task-executive, perception,
> planning and control software.
> Having metrics like this will not help us with getting ROS to scale to
> something like this but it will help us convince the industry that
> coding standards used in ROS are solid and would give us the code that
> would run on somewhat more powerful processor(s) - which industry
> would not have hard time to spend more money on.
> Also, we do not want to force anyone to use the metrics but it is for
> now the only way to (quickly) asses the quality of the code,
> especially if it has been orphaned due to the lack of human resource.
Hi Dejan,

given that you work at Robert Bosch LLC, you kind-of represent "the 
industry", don't you (as opposed to academia)?
And if Bosch as a company would like a vendor to provide some code, 
maybe Bosch can negotiate that directly?


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