[ros-users] Upcoming suspention of debian packaging for EOL Ubuntu distros

Séverin Lemaignan severin.lemaignan at plymouth.ac.uk
Thu Feb 4 09:50:12 UTC 2016

Hi Tully,

What about the effort to mainline ROS in Debian? Things have been progressing nicely (debian unstable now has a 'ros-desktop-full' package [1] -- I'm not sure however how much of ROS is actually packaged), and I wondered if the OSRF is officially endorsing or going to endorse this endeavour.

--- btw, if I get this right, this may mean that in Ubuntu 16.04 (or possibly 16.10), users are likely going to face a choice between ros-kame-desktop-full (OSRF packages) and ros-desktop-full (Debian mainline packages)... some confusion in perspective!


[1] https://packages.debian.org/sid/ros-desktop-full

On 04/02/16 04:22, Tully Foote via ros-users wrote:
> You're right that there's a bit of a gap. This gap was discussed during the
> decision to slow down our release cycle. Unfortunately, that's basically an
> artifact of Ubuntu dropping their regular release support periods to only 9
> months and our yearly release cycle. This leaves us with a gap since there
> is no Ubuntu release except the LTS which spans the full year between our
> releases.
> There's been a few questions in the past about the effort to add a new
> target platform. And the general answer is that it's approximately the same
> effort as spinning up a new distro. All the maintainers must go through
> their packages in dependency order and rerelease them after verifying them
> against their updated dependencies. With the strong feedback from the
> community to slow down the release process there's basically no way to
> cover the gap.
> And when you look at doing that we are about to spin up that process for
> Kinetic Kame, which will support Wily and Xenial. Thus we would be asking
> all the maintainers to do twice as much work. In the not too distant future
> we do expect to have early test releases of Kinetic available for Wily. I
> would rather ask people to put their effort into Kinetic and make our next
> LTS even more solid. We've seen a lot of people sticking to Trusty-Indigo
> and expect them to be jumping directly to Xenial-Kinetic.
> Expect to hear more about Kinetic soon. We've been preparing for it in the
> background [1] but will be kicking off officially shortly.


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