Is it always this hard or do I just suck at robotics?

I’m an undergrad research assistant in robotics. I am good at coding and problem solving but the software is really getting the best of me. Nothing seems to work. My boss wants me to make sure things run on Linux, but I run into an million problems every new software I try. Nothing ever seems to work right for me, I spend hours on stack overflow trying to figure out why a simulator isn’t working, etc.

Do I suck at this or is in the nature of robotics that a lot of the open source software has problems? OpenCV was a nightmare, now I’m dealing with gym and pybullet and it’s almost the same thing again – spending hours trying to get something to run before I can even code. I feel like if I was smart enough I wouldn’t be having these problems

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