Hello fellow humans and robots,
We have recently been working on a new TurtleBot ISO release and have now finally written enough documentation for an official release of the build toolchain for the installer.
Roll Your Own ISO
ryo-iso  is a modern ISO builder that streamlines the process of deploying a complete robot operating system from a yaml config file. It has been tested with Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 and has significant automation for caching and tracking upstream releases.
As an example, the TurtleBot ryo-iso project is being used to generate an ISO installer with Ubuntu 16.04 + ROS Kinetic + drivers + desktop and system enhancements.
Along the way we have developed a few ROS packages, that should be available in the next Kinetic sync, which we would like to highlight for potential collaborators. Melodic support should be done within a few weeks.
network_autoconfig  provides automatic configuration of the
ROS_HOSTNAME for most use cases by introspecting the kernel routing tables and network interfaces for the current IP address. This allows mobile robots running on a wireless network to automagically connect to a workstation running ROS. It is designed to support fixed interfaces, Zeroconf, DHCP and/or a VPN.
Caveat emptor: It may also make it easier to access your robot from the internet.
For example to run
roslaunch turtlebot_bringup minimal.launch at bootup
sudo apt install ros-kinetic-robot-systemd systemctl --user enable roslaunch@turtlebot_bringup:minimal.launch systemctl --user start roslaunch@turtlebot_bringup:minimal.launch # Start at bootup instead of graphical login sudo loginctl enable-linger $USER
robot_indicator provides an efficient GUI interface for locally starting and stopping services enabled by the
Please let me know if you have any feedback!