I would have you take a look at the following post - this will explain all the differences between Raspbian For Robots and DexterOS, which are our 2 main products.
Apart from these 2, there is also Cinch, which is just a tailored Raspbian For Robots which transforms your robot into a moving access point to which you can connect with a laptop. The disadvantage of Cinch is that you don’t have access to the internet because of the obvious reasons.
Through a simple command, Cinch can be turned to a regular Raspbian For Robots and vice-versa.
Last but not least, Jessie is the Linux distro on which all these 3 products (Raspbian For Robots, DexterOS, Cinch) are built upon.
Hope this makes sense to you.
If there’s something still unclear, please tell us.
I have the same exact question and I don’t believe that post helped that much.
I think a table needs to be made.
ROWS would contain Raspbian for Robots, DexterOS, Cinch, etc, etc
COLUMSN would contain features, options. Bloxter, OpenCV, gstream, sudo options, ssh abilities, etc, etc.
Here is a summary in table format of the major differences between the operating systems that our robots support.
Hope it helps.
This chart is valid for dexterOs 2.0 and up. (table slightly updated on March 18, 2019)
Does anyone know the latest Dexter OS or Raspbian images that can be used with the Brickpi+ (not Brickpi3)? I have an older model we’re trying to mess with. We could never get the lego motors to work with it so I want to try upgrading again and see if it makes a difference.
Indeed it is now possible to side load your wifi info before the first boot, thus bypassing the ethernet cable. However, it’s been our experience that few people know how to edit a text file outside of Microsoft Word. We seem to be a rare breed.
Of course GoPiGo users are awesome but many are pure beginners.
I was able to bring up Raspbian for Robots w/o a hard wired network connection simply by attaching to my local WiFi. It took several minutes after the network connection was established before the updater noticed it had a connection.