anyone messed with balena.io?

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Dave Campbell

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Oct 9, 2023, 9:02:39 AM10/9/23
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has anyone messed around with balena.io?

very thoughtful project / service to manage fleets of IoT devices with custom code through managed containers.

it supports scads of single-board computers, and also generic 86_64 architecture (think spare notebook).  the spare notebook path is the one i'm targeting.

interested if anyone has used this particular service as well as practical alternative approaches to achieving the same end - crazy simple deployment of containerized services to a single machine with minimal manual interaction with the target.

i have a feeling this is somewhat of a solved problem, and balena.io takes it to a commercial level - but i may be somewhat naive of all the necessary pieces, even in a simplified use-case.

looking forward to discussing the topic on Wednesday.

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Andrew Koroluk

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Oct 11, 2023, 12:49:20 AM10/11/23
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I have used it before for some toy projects on Raspberry Pis. I would love it if there was a similar sort of project but open source. Balena is definitely aimed at business IoT instead of the kind of stuff which I do. I haven't found any OSS with nearly as many features & as much polish as Balena has.

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Dave Campbell

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Oct 12, 2023, 7:33:53 AM10/12/23
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thanks for the reply - great that someone else has just messed around with it.

i recall seeing in the docs references to 'yocto' so that appears to be the general underpinnings of what balena is working with and building on top of.

https://www.yoctoproject.org/is-yocto-project-for-you/
https://www.yoctoproject.org/software-overview/

they admit outright to a 'steep learning curve' which may not be for everyone, including me, but i'm going to look in that ecosystem for something similar to balena, maybe just targeted to desktop-like systems (versus all the single-board projects).

if there are other folks familiar with yocto, it might be an interesting topic to bring up at the next monthly meeting.


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