Happy 10th Birthday to the Open Source Robotics Foundation #OpenSource #Robotics @IEEESpectrum

Ten years ago this week (more or less), the Open Source Robotics Foundation announced that it was spinning out of Willow Garage as a more permanent home for the Robot Operating System.

To celebrate this milestone, we asked some of the original OSRF folks some awkward questions, including what it is about ROS or ROS users that scares them the most.

Some fun statistics:

  • Unique visitor downloads of ROS packages in 2011: 4,517
  • Unique visitor downloads of ROS packages in 2021: 789,956
  • Public GitHub repositories currently tagged for ROS or ROS2: 6,559
  • Cumulative citations of the original ROS paper (::cough:: workshop paper ::cough::): 9,451

Read more in the IEEE Spectrum article here.


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