[ros-users] Jade Beta Preparations

William Woodall william at osrfoundation.org
Thu Apr 23 21:42:32 UTC 2015

On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:26 AM, Toris, Russell Charles <rctoris at wpi.edu>

> Looking forward to it. Given the noticeably empty migration guide at the
> moment (which is nice motivation for releasers!), is there somewhere to
> look at notable changes / feature additions / updates from Indigo to Jade?

The migration guide is pretty slim because there have not been a lot of
changes in the core system (beyond bug fixes and non-breaking feature
additions). In fact most packages so far have the same version in both
Indigo and Jade. I think the biggest advantage to Jade is that it is
targeted at newer ubuntu versions, but it also serves as an opportunity for
groups in the community (e.g. gazebo, ros_control, moveit) to release more
stable versions in Indigo and more bleeding-edge versions in Jade if they

We don't have a very good way to diff changelogs across multiple packages
between two distros. However, you can compare version numbers of packages


So if you're interested in a particular package you can check to see if the
version is different between Jade and Indigo, and then if it is, you can go
to the package's changelog.

If there's interest we could start a voluntary wiki page, e.g.
jade/Changes, to which package maintainers could post interesting changes
in their packages. This would be more like advertising, because strictly
speaking it would be duplicating the changelog and potentially parts of the
Migration page.

> Russell
> --
> Russell Toris
> Graduate Student | WPI Department of Computer Science
> rctoris at wpi.edu | http://users.wpi.edu/~rctoris/
> ________________________________________
> From: ros-users [ros-users-bounces at lists.ros.org] on behalf of William
> Woodall via ros-users [ros-users at lists.ros.org]
> Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 9:21 PM
> To: User discussions
> Subject: [ros-users] Jade Beta Preparations
> Hello everyone!
> I want to give an update on the next release of ROS, a.k.a ROS Jade, and
> let you know how you can help. We're preparing for the Beta to be announced
> between now and the end of the month.
> What does beta mean? It means that we have released a version of all of
> the packages we need for a release. The practical implication is that
> anyone can install ros-jade-desktop-full from apt-get and try it out. But
> we're not quite there yet, and that's where you come in. I've put together
> a page which lists the packages that are directly or indirectly a
> dependency of desktop-full:
> http://wiki.ros.org/jade/Planning/Maintenance
> Please have a look at this page and see if you're responsible for any of
> the packages or repositories that are unreleased, and therefore blocking,
> and try to get a release done as soon as you are able. If you need help
> please contact the ros-release at lists.ros.org<mailto:
> ros-release at lists.ros.org> mailing list and ask for help.
> If you'd like to help in another way, please take a moment and look at the
> Jade specific wiki pages and add to them if you think it is necessary:
> - http://wiki.ros.org/jade/Planning#sigs_active_in_Jade
> - http://wiki.ros.org/jade/Migration
> - http://wiki.ros.org/jade/Installation
> I've also copied over the installation instructions from indigo to jade,
> so please have a look at those and look for typos and copy-paste errors.
> Thanks in advance for everyone's help in getting us to an on-time jade
> beta.
> --
> William Woodall
> ROS Development Team - Jade Boss
> william at osrfoundation.org<mailto:william at osrfoundation.org>
> http://wjwwood.io/

William Woodall
ROS Development Team
william at osrfoundation.org
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