Iron Package Maintainers: Time to Write Your Iron Flexes

Iron Package Maintainers: Time to Write Your Iron Flexes

Hi Package Maintainers

As I am sure you are aware, the Iron Irwini release is a week away [1], [2], [3]. After a few discussions with the ROS Boss (@yadunund) we decided we wanted to repeat the “Humble Brags” we created for the Humble release last year. Instead of just posting the release notes for the core ROS libraries, we also want to have the release post highlight all of the packages that make ROS such a wonderful community. You can see last year’s Humble Brags here. This year we’re going to call these “Iron Flexes” just to be cheeky and keep with the naming convention.

If you are a package maintainer and you plan to have your Iron package ready for release day, or soon thereafter, we would love it if you could put together a brief set of release notes about your package. Our end goal is for the Iron release post to showcase not just the core ROS features, but also the recent updates for the whole ROS community. We want to show the world why it is time to switch to ROS 2, and why Iron is the best ROS distro yet.

A good set of release notes should include:

  • A brief description of your package and what it does.
  • The new features, improvements, and bug-fixes in your package.
  • A list of the people who made your Iron release possible
  • Action shots of your package doing its thing, or any other recent accomplishments you are proud of.

Once you have your post ready, just wait for the main Iron release announcement here on Discourse (hopefully it should happen before 5pm PST on Tuesday, 5/23/2023). Our hope is that over the course of the next few days we create a single thread that outlines all of the packages that are currently available in Iron. Discourse is very markdown friendly so you should be able to re-use these release notes in your package’s readme file, documentation, and homepage. We’re hoping the main result is one big long thread that summarizes all the amazing new features available in ROS 2 Iron Irwini.


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