As instructional materials designer for the DaVinci Challenge, I need to provide clear and concise guidance on all aspects of building and operating drones including preparing ground control systems. With Microsoft as a sponsor of the DaVinci Challenge, I usually start by encouraging installing Mission Planner or APM Planner 2.0 on Windows, despite the difficult of installing unsigned drivers on Windows 8. For those participants with a MAC, guidance is to install APM Planner 2.0. Inevitably, a few students will arrive with a Ubuntu 14.04 as the only operating system. I can't help but smile, because I prefer Linux over Windows, but it does mean extra effort to guide the students through a more complex install process.
So to smooth out the process, one of our Interns created a shell script that checks the version of Ubuntu, installs that latest version of APM Planner 2.0, and creates a desktop icon -- all with a single command.
We are making this available to the public via our Guthub
Please let me know if you have any difficulty.