ICRA'09 Paper Abstract


Paper FrC7.3

Mancini, Adriano (UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche), Frontoni, Emanuele (UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche), Ascani, Andrea (UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche), Zingaretti, Primo (UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche)

RoboBuntu: A Linux Distribution for Mobile Robotics

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Motion Robotics" (FrC7), Friday, May 15, 2009, 14:10−14:30, Room: 405

2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 12 - 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on January 24, 2022

Keywords Programming Environments, Education Robotics, Computer Vision for Robotics and Automation


During last years Linux started to climb the market of operating systems (OSs), and Ubuntu, derived by Debian OS, has become a good alternative to common OSs like Windows XP or Vista. The mobile robotics scientific community makes use of Linux based OSs to avoid the lack of stability that affects Microsoft OSs, especially when real time conditions must be satisfied. In this paper we present the Linux distribution RoboBuntu, acronym formed by the union of ROBOt and uBUNTU, to overcome the almost totally independent robotic software platforms existing today. The key idea behind RoboBuntu is the integration of different tools for mobile robotics into an embedded Ubuntu distribution. Another important characteristics of RoboBuntu is that every "hard step", like installation and configuration of OS and tools, is hidden to common users. In particular, RoboBuntu can be used either by students or researchers, as LiveCd, permanent installation on standard hard drive or, more interesting, on a USB storage flash disk.



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