Hi Balena team,
I’m evaluating Balena for future use by doing some trials with on a rpi, but I have some doubts I could not find in the documentation. Maybe you can help
But first I want to say that yesterday I could deploy a docker compose in minutes without previous knowledge of your platform, so congratulations on your product. Lights ahead of GreenGrass/ECS anywhere.
I have though, as said some doubts.
You asked me to install your balenaOS in my device. What if I want to keep the OS of my device as it is? I see that in your OS there is the balena engine, and that I can install it in my Linux OS. But I don’t have clear, what things I’m not getting by not using your OS? updates? Are all your platform features supported with just the Balena engine service running?
Another key differentiator of Balena is the “binary” delta updates.I read the explanation on how it works, how different is it from “correctly” doing it with Docker? do you have some numbers? By “correctly” I mean only updating the last layer (with the code) of a docker image.
Again, congrats on your product.