ROS Kinetic approaching end of life

Hi Ubiquity team,

Whats the plan for migrating ROS version off Kinetic? Kinetic is reaching end of life in April 21 (see here http://wiki.ros.org/Distributions).

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Yes we’re working on getting a Noetic version out.

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cool thanks, how are you going with it? Will there be an upgrade guide?

Well given the scale of the upgrade it’ll definitely have to be an image swap to maintain reliability, so the new images will contain all of our upgraded repos, you’ll just have to move your code from the old images onto the new ones and make sure it compiles under Python 3. There’s probably no practical way around that.

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With regards to this as well, I believe you have mentioned that raspbian 64 is still currently experimental. So does this mean we’d still be running a 32 bit system or would we go ahead with just moving on with 64 experimental raspbian?

Yep, that’s right. And going 32 bit is basically what we’ve been doing although it’ll present some roadblocks for ROS 2 later on, but it’s all we can do for now to get full functionality.

We already have a very very early 32 bit beta image for Noetic but I’m rather reluctant to share it as it’s not been tested at all yet nor has it been made the proper way. Should be all sorted out in the coming weeks though.

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All in good time, excited to try it out!

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