Open source robotics software ROS has marked it 3rd birthday as the number of code packages reached to 1600, and the number of participants keeps growing exponentially. The main advantage of an open source robotics platform is that once a robotics problem is solved, the rest of the coders are able to use that code without starting from scratch.
For original story, please visit here. Don’t forget to check out the video that shows many different robot platforms that is using ROS.
ROS is clearly not the only open source operating system around. See Robotic Magazine’s software page for a current list.