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The Fedora 15 Robotics Suite

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With Fedora 15's release imminent, I'd like to take the time to talk about the Fedora Robotics Suite. As some of you may have noticed, the Fedora Robotics Suite is a new feature for Fedora 15 and it is already showing up as a bullet point in many reviews of the Fedora 15 alpha and beta releases. In an effort to elevate this feature past 'neat-sounding bullet point,' I'll do my best to explain the motivations behind the feature and give a preview of what's in store for future Fedora releases.

What is it?
The Fedora 15 release notes have this to say about the Robotics Suite:

Fedora 15 now includes the Robotics Suite, a collection of packages that provides a usable out-of-the-box robotics development and simulation environment. This ever-growing suite features up-to-date robotics frameworks, simulation environments, utility libraries, and device support, and consolidates them into an easy-to-install package group. Visit for more details.
In a nutshell, the Fedora Robotics SIG has been working hard over the past few releases to create a fast and easy way to dive into robotics development, for newbies and seasoned developers alike.

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