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Maintainer Meeting Recap - March 7th

Recap of the meeting from March 7th, 2017:


  • Michael ‘v4hn’ Görner
  • Robert Haschke
  • Isaac IY Saito
  • Jorge Nicho
  • Shaun Edwards
  • G.A. vd. Hoorn
  • Paul Hvass
  • Christian Dornhege
  • Dave Coleman

Releasing ROS Lunar and branching policy

  • Keep development in kinetic-devel branch as long as possible
  • If we have to branch for Lunar, we will also still develop out of Kinetic
  • Drop support for Jade, just like the main ROS release will
  • Only add bug fixes for indigo-devel branch
  • Accept pull requests to kinetic-devel branch that allow for backward compatibility with ROS Indigo

MoveIt! 1.0 roadmap

  • An exhaustive interface review of the current API is impractical
  • Decouple the meaning of MoveIt!'s major version number from ROS 2.0
  • Stop using minor versions to indicate ROS release
  • Increment major versions more often to indicate API changes

ROS 2.0 and nodelets roadmap

  • We desire to integrate ROS 2.0 with MoveIt!, but it is not highest priority
  • This effort would require funding and a dedicated full-time developer
  • MoveIt! would be a good poster child candidate for pushing the entire ROS community to adopt ROS 2.0
  • Desired features include the DDS communication layer and switching our plugin based architecture to nodelets
  • We would likely rename MoveIt! to MoveIt! 2.0
  • There are still many dependencies we are waiting for, such as URDF 2.0
  • Needs further discussion with OSRF team

Merging Descartes back into MoveIt!

  • Everyone is very excited to proceed with this effort
  • Best approach is likely to create a new MoveIt! capability that calls Descartes
  • Need to define new ROS message types

Required PR reviews enforced on Github

  • Decided against enabling this feature because it does not solve a current problem and only makes merging PRs more difficult

Google Summer of Code

  • MoveIt! applied to the Google Summer of Code through the OSRF parent organization, which was not accepted
  • We are still interested in doing some summer code sprints outside of Google
  • Funding sources with high potential were discussed

New Video Montage

  • Our previous montage is dated from 2013
  • Paul Hvass will be leading the call for videos along with ROS-Industrial

Thanks to the maintainers who joined the call.

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