[ros-users] MoveIt! and Indigo

Patrick Goebel patrick at pirobot.org
Fri Feb 28 17:22:59 UTC 2014

+1 here too.  IMHO, this approach has awesomeness written all over it.


On 2/27/2014 3:33 PM, Sachin Chitta wrote:
> Dear MoveIt! and ROS users,
> I wanted to give you information about how MoveIt! will be dealing 
> with the new ROS distro Indigo.
> Based on feedback from the MoveIt! survey conducted last year and 
> prior experience from the PR2, we know that most robots seem to lag 
> the most recent ROS release by a significant time period (a year or 
> more sometimes). We would like to encourage MoveIt! adoption on more 
> and more robots and also give people time to catch up but still be 
> able to use the newest features in MoveIt! with their robot. We have 
> used this information to formulate our strategy around ROS Indigo (at 
> least in the near-term).
> We will *not* branch and develop separately for Indigo. The version of 
> MoveIt! in Indigo will be a near copy of that in Hydro. New features, 
> bug-fixes, etc. will continue to go into Hydro - there are almost 
> always ways to do this without having to break API and we will try to 
> maintain API stability. Everything new that is being released into 
> Hydro will also be ported into Indigo releases. This will allow both 
> users working with the latest distributions and users working with 
> older distributions to keep using MoveIt!.
> Let me know if there are any questions/comments about this.
> Best Regards,
> Sachin
> Sachin Chitta
> Associate Director
> Robotics Systems and Software
> SRI International

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