These materials are part of the Pyro Project.
This page can be found at: http://PyroRobotics.org/?page=PyroLiveCD
Pyro Live CD
This CD can be placed in any PC that can boot off of a CD, and you can be running Pyro and other robotics software immediately. No need to install anything! This works even on Windows PCs, laptops, and desktops. Great for students, labs, and presentations.
If you are running the CD and want to know what to do next, please go to PyroLiveCDGettingStarted.
Hardware you will need:
a fairly modern Intel-based PC that can boot off of CDs
a CDROM drive
at least 256 MB RAM, but the more that you have the better off you will be
To buy a CD:
You can purchase a Pyro Live CD from http://osdisc.com for $3.95 plus shipping.
We have no connection with this group, make no money them, and have never tried it. They also may not have the latest version, so please check before buying.
To get a Free CD:
In 2005, Pyro won the National Engineering Educational Distribution System Premier Award. They are distributing 2500 copies of Pyro. Contact them at http://www.needs.org/needs/
To make a CD yourself:
Download the Pyro Live CD ISO file from http://pyrorobotics.org/knoppix/
An ISO is close to 700MB, so be nice to our server! If you want to distribute it to your class, please make your own local copy at your institution. Make sure you got all of the ISO before burning:
pyrobot-4.2.2.iso 648,910,848 bytes - version of Pyro4, used at the Pyro 2005 Workshop at Swarthmore College
pyrobot-4.7.0.iso 665,147,392 bytes - includes "firefly" model, Pyrobot gripper, camera, and speed enhancements
pyrobot-4.8.1.iso 667,348,992 bytes - includes all of the above, bug fixes, Pyrobot simulator enhancements, new device line in GUI, etc.
pyrobot-4.8.5.iso 681,404,416 bytes - includes all of the above, stereo cameras, memory leak fix in Pyrobot simulator, etc.
pyrobot-5.0.0.iso 645,212,160 bytes - latest versions of Player, Stage; lots of bug fixes; based on newest Knoppix 5.1.1
Burn a CD with the pyro-x.x.x.iso
There are many programs to do this. Under Linux try xcdroast, or right-click .iso name and select "Write to Disc..." under GNOME
To use Pyro from the CD:
Boot your computer from the CD
Start a terminal by clicking on the terminal picture on the panel
Run pyrobot as usual (from a terminal window)
The CD contains most of Pyro's support programs, including Player, Stage, Aibo controller, and the Pyrobot simulator. Player is also built with the drivers for the ER, so this CD on a laptop should be all that you need to control it.
To start a "terminal" after booting, click on the computer screen on the panel at the bottom of your desktop. From there you can run pyrobot, scp, emacs, java, javac, or appletviewer.
To get files onto your computer, you can use scp:
scp YOURID@bubo.brynmawr.edu:html/java/MyApplet.java . scp YOURID@bubo.brynmawr.edu:html/java/MyApplet.html . emacs MyApplet.java javac MyApplet.java appletviewer MyApplet.html
When you are done, you must copy the files that you changed back to a server:
scp MyApplet.java YOURID@yourcomputer.edu:html/ scp MyApplet.html YOURID@yourcomputer.edu:html/
You will need to scp or print out your work because all of the files will go away after you reboot. You can easily mount a floppy or USB ramdisk and copy your work there.
If you have problems, please see the KnoppixFAQ (which is also on the disk. See /KNOPPIX/KNOPPIX-FAQ-EN.txt).
The Pyro Live CD project was made possible by the fine people behind Knoppix. See: