Hi William,

I am running Gazebo (0.7.0) with Player (2.0.3) and Stage (2.0.3) on a MacBook Pro (3GB and Intel Core duo 2.33 GHz) and an ATI Radeon X1600 card running Mac OS X (10.4.9). Performance running Gazebo is good, unless I run world models that include a skin (mesh), in which case it really becomes slooooow to the point of no use, but I have to admit that I have not attempted to fix or optimize it (if it is at all possible). I have a version of Debian as a Guest OS under Parallels Desktop too, but I've noticed performance to be better on the native OS X.  Although this is a MacBook Pro, my configuration might give you an idea of what to expect on a MacBook.

Hope this helps.


On Apr 14, 2007, at 10:30 AM, William Uther wrote:

Hi all,

   I've just spent a while trying to get Gazebo running on a Dell  
desktop.  That machine has an integrated Intel i915 graphics chipset,  
and this doesn't seem to play nicely with gazebo on kubuntu.  The  
solution we ended up going with for that machine was buying a new  
NVidia graphics card and installing the NVidia glx drivers.

   I'm looking at getting a MacBook though, and I'd like to work with  
Gazebo on it.  Can anyone verify that gazebo will run (with graphics)  
on a MacBook?  (I'm particularly interested in a MacBook running  
linux... both booted directly, and maybe under VMWare/parallels from  

   Is a MacBook pro going to be better for this?

Thanks for any feedback,

Will          :-}

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