On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM, Edwards, Shaun M. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >
> We have been using ROS for some time now. Projects that originally started
> as research are now maturing to the point where they need to be deployed.
> As we have started moving ROS from research applications to real world
> applications it is becoming very clear that stability, safety, and
> reliability are of chief concerns to our customers. For early adopters, we
> can alleviate these issues by standing behind the software as a whole,
> including ROS. After all, sometimes it is easier to support an open
> software solution than it is a closed solution, since not all closed source
> software vendors live up to our customers expectations.
> I would like to gauge community interest in creating a group whose purpose
> is to test, review, and certify robust, stable, and safe Enterprise
> versions of ROS. This may be a group of volunteers, but I fully expect that
> such a group would need significant funding, hopefully by commercial and
> other large users. It is also possible that a company could be create for
> or step into this role, much like RedHat.
> Is anybody open to this idea? Is this a good idea? Has anybody else
> seen/expressed this need? Is ROS at the point where this makes sense? What
> do you think?