[ros-users] ROS 2.0 Strategy review
dthomas at osrfoundation.org
Mon Sep 28 16:14:04 UTC 2015
The formulated goal is that a user land node is commonly compiled into a
library and only uses the ROS interfaces (no vendor specific DDS API
That means that the compiled code of a package does not choose an explicit
vendor but that decision is deferred until runtime.
Currently there are technical challenges especially on Windows to reach
that goal but we are working on that part.
Once we reach that goal the raised concerns regarding vendor lock-in are
pretty much down to: you have to test existing code when using a different
vendor then the default one (which probably applies to every software).
On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 5:35 AM, Thibault Kruse via ros-users <
ros-users at lists.ros.org> wrote:
> Vendor lock-in is one of the potential problems discussed here:
> While ROS2 in theory avoids that problem by offering to switch between
> vendors, in practice there may still be lots of effort to move from
> one vendor to another, causing a "soft" vendor lock-in.
> For more details this should be discussed in the NG Group linked above.
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM, Valerio De Carolis via ros-users
> <ros-users at lists.ros.org> wrote:
> > On 27/09/15 02:02, BiggsGeoffrey via ros-users wrote:
> >> Good wire protocols are hard, and leaving it up to the experts gives the
> >> OSRF more developer time for the robotics things that go on top.
> > Which sounds like building a skyscraper without taking care about its
> > foundations. :)
> > Imagine that people are looking for a system which is good both for
> > commercial uses and research ones. The former are potentially afraid of
> > betting on a vendor locked horse (to which one has to add all the
> > about IP and licensing) while the latter are looking for something that
> > work even outside the lab (one never knows if the next spin-off is around
> > the corner).
> > Valerio
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