[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [General] Proposed changes to the ROS releases

Qnetjoe ros.discourse at gmail.com
Wed May 9 16:16:06 UTC 2018

Overall, I think the new plan is a step forward in the right direction.

One of the things that concerns is me is by removing non-LTS Ubuntu distributions and limiting support to only one Debian version, how much automated testing are you removing in the process? What are the downstream effects of this? How does it affect downstream projects like meta-ros? 

One of the hardest things to do is support and encourage a large and diverse user base. Would it make sense to have a required support/testing for the Ubuntu and Debian LTS but then have recommend support/testing for non-LTS, RHEL/Fedora, Gentoo and perhaps even Yocto/open-embedded?

In the context of the non-LTS release, can it be replaced by a prolonged beta system of the next LTS release? Or perhaps something similar to the Debian testing branch (or the Debian testing and unstable branches as @gbiggs described). This could serve as way for people to get the cutting edge while reducing the work to maintain. 

Also having binaries is a huge benefit of the non-LTS release so please do not abandon it.


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