MotoRobots Software Libraries
for mobile robots powered by Motorola 68K/ColdFire and PowerPC micros

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FAQ

* Q. What is the objective of this project?

The objective of this project is to develop a collection of embedded software libraries primarily for amateur mobile robotics applications.

* Q. What target platforms do these software libraries support?

The initial focus of this library is the 68332-powered Mini Robo Mind (MRM) robot controller board (www.robominds.com). However, the scope of this project includes all 68K/ColdFire and PowerPC micros.

* Q. What software development tools are required to use these libraries?

The software libraries are written in C, C++ and Assembler for the GNU toolchain (GCC compiler, Make etc.)

* Q. What host software development platforms do these libraries support?

Windows NT/2000/XP, Linux (kernel version 2.2 or later) and Mac OS X. Windows support is provided using Cygwin technology.

* Q. I'm using Windows, and I'm not familiar with these tools. Can I still use the libraries?

It is true that the development tools used in this project are more geared towards a Linux host platform than a Windows one, but we are committed to making this project accessible to Windows users. A self-extracting installation package is available from the downloads page for the Windows platform, containing everything you need to get up and running quickly.

That package is now a little out of date. If you're willing to download a few separate packages, and follow some simple instructions, a more up-to-date development environment, including the GDB debugger, is available by following the instructions on this page. Thanks go to Avi Cohen Stuart for this work.

* Q. How do I obtain the GNU cross-compiler tools for Mac OS X?

Please consult the HOWTO documents by Bob Cook and James Fitzsimons; these describe how to build a working GNU cross compiler toolchain for the Mac OS X.

* Q. I've subscribed to the mailing list. How do I make changes to my mailing list preferences?

Navigate to the MotoRobots Mailing List Administration Page and enter your email address in the field at the very bottom of the page, then click the Edit Options button.


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