[ros-users] ROS Jade Turtle Release

William Woodall william at osrfoundation.org
Sat May 23 21:57:36 UTC 2015

Hello everyone,

I'm happy to announce the official release of ROS Jade Turtle [1]! Jade
Turtle is the ninth release of ROS and is primarily targeted at the Ubuntu
distributions Trusty, Utopic, and Vivid. Our current count of packages is
520, you can compare the packages available in Indigo vs. Jade here:


You can install Jade by following the Jade installation instructions here:


I'm also happy to officially announce the name of the next release of ROS
as Kinetic Kame, which we'll refer to as just "kinetic"!

I've also just finished deploying the new prerelease.ros.org website and
updated the documentation[3] on the new way to do prereleases for Jade and


We're also aware of, and working on, an issue that affects rosbuild on
newer Ubuntu's. The issue is a blocker, but not on Trusty. We hope to have
a solution in the next few weeks. Please follow this issue if you are


Finally, I want to thank all of the people who helped make this release and
get it started strong and on time by the release date (which is also World
Turtle day [2])! Thanks also to Tully who put together a video
representation of the 40 some odd contributors across around 500 packages:


Thanks to everyone, and enjoy ROS Jade!

[1] http://wiki.ros.org/jade
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Turtle_Day
[3] http://wiki.ros.org/regression_tests#Prerelease_Tests

William Woodall
ROS Development Team
william at osrfoundation.org
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