Crikey, it’s that time of year already! May 23rd, World Turtle Day and ROS release day. Today we are happy to announce the ninth release of ROS 2, Iron Irwini! Iron is a short term release that will be supported until the end of November 2024. In accordance with REP-2000 , ROS Iron supports three Tier 1 operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish (both arm64 and amd64 architectures) and Windows 10. If you want to try it out, our installation instructions and tutorials are now up and ready to go on docs.ros.org .
This release features the Elseya irwini river turtle, a rare species of turtle that was only recently described from the Burdekin River in Australia. The Elseya irwini, or Irwin's turtle, was first discovered by none other than conservationist and TV personality Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin . As always, Iron Irwinii t-shirts and swag are available, with all proceeds going to fund open-source development and education at the Open Source Robotics Foundation.
This ROS 2 release is notable for both its size and the amount of support we've received from the ROS community. It has been a massive team effort, with over 239 contributors providing code changes, documentation, and testing. Iron Irwini is our largest ROS 2 release yet in terms of features, and the community turned out in force to help us exhaustively test this ROS distro prior to release day. The community also contributed many of the major features that were added in this ROS release; and if there is a theme for this release it is "developer ergonomics''. Many of the new features make it easier for developers to use ROS to build robust robotics applications.