This tutorial has information about installation and setup of ROS, as well as the installation of useful packages required to control some robots.
First setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'
Next set up your keys:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net:80 --recv-key 421C365BD9FF1F717815A3895523BAEEB01FA116
Then, to install the ROS Indigo, do:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-desktop-full
Before you can use ROS, you will need to initialize rosdep:
sudo rosdep init rosdep update
It's convenient if the ROS environment variables are automatically added to your bash session every time a new shell is launched:
echo "source /opt/ros/indigo/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc source ~/.bashrc