It’s now our tradition to issue virtual machines with ROS pre-installed. We have already done it for ROS Fuerte and for ROS Groovy. Today it is ROS Hydro’s turn. We have chosen to stick with Ubunutu 12.04. (Precise). This is because 12.04 is an LTS version, which means Long-Term Support. The Ubuntu community will be maintaining it for 5 years.
The ROS Hydro virtual machine comes in a single file .ova of approx. 3.7GB. You can launch it using VirtualBox, the very same way as for previous ROS virtualizations. The .ova file complies with the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), thus it can be used with other virtualization tools.
We set Unbuntu to automatically log in the unique admin user:
- login: viki
- password: viki
The login is a reference to the V.I.K.I character from the I, Robot movie. It stands for Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence, which is the AI that controls the building of the international robot company: United States Robots (U.S.R). To remain compatible with our tutorial on ROS networking, we have named of the machine C3PO after the humanoid robot from Star Wars (BTW Episode VII is expected for December 18, 2015).