balena monthly roundup - March 2020

balena monthly roundup - March 2020

Welcome dear reader– we hope you’re having a marvellous day! This month, we’re excited to announce that we’ve released our Extended Support Release (ESR) process for balenaCloud. This is a massive step forward for fleet owners running projects on thousands of devices at scale using balenaCloud, giving you all a more predictable release schedule.

On the blog this month, we’ve been working with the Nvidia Jetson Nano, setting up a scalable deployment solution on balena to help you get these nifty devices out into the wild. We upgraded our popular balenaSound project to include synchronized multi-room audio – you can now DIY your own full-home audio system. Not gonna lie, we think it’s kinda awesome, and would love to hear what you think. From the community we’ve got a precision time project with GPS, and a way to forward your SMS messages from home via Slack to anywhere in the world.

Find all this and more down below!

News from balenaHQ

Announcing Extended Support Release (ESR) for balenaOS

The ESR process makes it easier for at-scale fleet owners to have a more predictable OS update schedule to ensure critical security or bug fixes are not missed.

The latest from our blog

Getting started with the Nvidia Jetson Nano and balena

If you have your hands on a Nvidia Jetson Nano development kit and want to use it with balena, this guide shows you the way.

Seamless, multi-room audio with any speakers and balenaSound

We gave balenaSound an update, supporting multi-room setups using bluetooth, Apple Airplay, or Spotify. Check out the post and watch the video to learn how to create your own system.

Charlie’s Tips ‘n’ Tricks

Did you know that the balena base images have a built-in command to help you install packages? Try it in your project Dockerfile like this:

balena monthly roundup - March 2020

Check the documentation for more details!

Community projects of the month

Tackling NTP servers with precision

Increase the precision of time tracking on your NTP servers with this balena project by @misterpeee via GitHub.

Avoid SMS and call overages with this neat project

Create your own SMS and call forwarder based on a Pi and balena via this project by @livioso. Explore the world and stay connected.

Backwards-compatible balenaEtcher?

If you wondered whether or not Etcher works with floppy disks, well… turns out it does (thanks @leandrinux)!

Job spotlight: Product Engineer

Our ideal product engineers are visionaries with full-stack skills, proactively identifying opportunities to improve the entire UX lifecycle from design to deployment and maintenance. Could this be you?

Check out all our available job openings as well.


Here are some upcoming events you might like to check out. If you see the balena logo next to an event, that means we’ll be there – come and say hello!

Scale18x Pasadena, CA, USA Mar 5-8, 2020
Nvidia GPU Technology Conference San Jose, CA, USA March 22-26, 2020
KubeCon + CloudNative, Europe Amsterdam, NL March 30 – April 2, 2020
Internet of Things World San Jose, CA, USA April 6-9, 2020
Hackday Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia May 9, 2020