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Fedora Robotics Special Interest Group


Bring packages of open and free software related to robotics and educational software for robotics into Fedora and make Fedora fit to power (mobile) robots.



Next meeting: Not scheduled yet, watch the mailing list

Tentative Agenda for Next Meeting

  • Package Reviews/Outstanding Tasks/Interesting Software
    • What else do we need for LiveCD
    • Re-evaluate Tasks list, focus on what we have manpower for
    • Re-evaluate Interesting Software list, see if there's still interest/projects are still alive
  • Tutorials/Documentation
    • Outlined on Demos page
    • Are our ideas realistic? Upstream-able?
  • LiveCD spin
    • Kickstart file
    • Size target (CD? DVD?)
    • Get in touch with Spins SIG?
    • F15 feature (can we pull it off in the next few months?)
  • Regular meeting schedule
    • Does it make sense? When is everyone available?
  • Blogging/Planet Fedora
    • Start fedora-robotics blog?
    • Blog more often individually about robotics stuff?
  • Anything else: feel free to edit


  • Package Player/Stage/Gazebo (makghosh, timn)
    • Player and Stage done, Gazebo in progress
  • Package CARMEN (timn)
    • Requires modification of buildsystem, and possibly fixing use of deprecated ImageMagick functionality
  • Package NBC/NXT (jspaleta)
  • Find more interesting packages and interested packagers
  • Create Fedora robotics spin with Player/Stage/Gazebo simulated demo
  • Create Demos for the Robotics Spin


Interesting software proposed for packaging

Packages waiting for someone to take over

These packages have been postponed for now due to insufficient man power.

  • MARIE (makghosh), no upstream release for a long time, wiki page vandalized, had commits this year though (timn)
  • Simbad (makghosh)
  • Paparazzi, Open UAVs (timn)
  • ROS (hedayat), Robot Operating System

Pending review requests

  • assimp - Library to import various 3D model formats into applications (required for Gazebo)
  • fawkes - Robot Software Framework

Accepted packages

  • player - Cross-platform robot device interface and server
  • rcssserver3d - RoboCup Soccer Simulation Server 3D
  • rcssbase - Robocup 2D Soccer Simulation Base Library
  • rcssmonitor - RoboCup 2D Soccer Simulator Monitor
  • rcssserver - Robocup 2D Soccer Simulation Server
  • rcsslogplayer - RoboCup Soccer Simulator LogPlayer
  • MRPT - The Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit.
  • libkni3 - C++ library für the Katana robot arm
  • urg - Library to access Hokuyo URG laser range finders
  • stage - A 2.5D multi-robot simulator
  • gearbox - A collection of usable peer-reviewed robotics-related libraries
  • libphidget - Drivers and API for Phidget device

Packages decided not to package for now

If you want to get involved you could start investigating the code and maybe revive the upstream project! The postponed packages could be packaged later but the have a lower priority as decided by the SIG. (Probably) Won't package:

  • RobotFlow (makghosh), upstream looks dead for several years, probably not a good idea (timn), +1, so it goes down the list and maybe moved out if there is no further upstream (makghosh)


  • 2010/11/05, Hedayat: Added ROS to the list of interesting software pending for someone to take over
  • 2010/11/01 rmattes: Libphidget accepted, Fawkes under review, added preliminary agenda for next meeting
  • 2010/09/20 rmattes: Added new packages under review, removed packaged software from Interesting Software list
  • 2010/03/12, rmattes: Updated status of Stage and Gearbox packages
  • 2010/02/11, rmattes: Added Demos page to Tasks list
  • 2010/02/04, rmattes: Updated review pending and accepted packages lists, added next meeting time
  • 2009/11/10, rmattes: Added some more projects to the proposed package list, removed Myro
  • 2009/10/17, timn: Added meeting minutes for 2009-10-15
  • 2009/10/12, timn: Scheduled next meeting, added link to Fawkes.
  • 2009/10/07, rmattes: Added IPC and Myro to list of interesting packages.
  • 2009/07/11, jlblanco: Added mrpt to list of robotics packages already accepted in Fedora.
  • 2008/10/04, Hedayat: Updating packages' status (rcssserver and rcsslogplayer)
  • 2008/09/12, Hedayat: Updating packages' status (as I know!)
  • 2008/06/18, timn: Third meeting, more packages up for review
  • 2008/05/22, timn: Second meeting. Decided that we focus on Player/Stage/Gazebo to get a demo up and running to attract more people, see for details
  • 2008/05/16, Hedayat: Added myself to the page and picked up Robocup Soccer Server packaging, added mailing list link
  • 2008/05/07, timn: First IRC meeting, player/stage/gazebo will be the first package project, see for log
  • 2008/05/03, timn: After discussion with JefSpaleta found the Fedora Robotics SIG.