Our operating model assumes value is created as a function of beliefs.

At Northern.tech we strongly believe in autonomy and the goodness in people. Humans are born free and happy. These are states naturally pursued throughout life. Work and private life should be one and the same. At Norther...

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We are very excited to announce Mender Hub: a community-supported repository to enable OTA updates on any board and OS. Our goal is to create the world’s largest repository to enable a secure and robust OTA update process for connected devices. Please join us today and be part of writing the his...

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According to Gartner, there will be almost 3 billion new internet-connected devices in 2018. Unfortunately, most of these devices lack basic security features, making them susceptible to hacking and being compromised. A few days ago, California took the first steps in making connected devices more s...

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We are looking forward to a very busy October and two very special announcements. Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, we were featured on the cover of Linux Magazine France.

We also have some upcoming events we hope you can be a part of:

Our CTO, Eystein Stenberg, will be presenting at ARM T...

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At SURFsara we use CFEngine on our National Compute Cluster (LISA) and other systems as our configuration management tool. With the release of CFEngine 3.12 I want to highlight 2 new features, namely:

We use these 2 new features heavily in our framework i...

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We are happy to announce the production releases Mender 1.6.0 and 1.5.1!

The ongoing focus for Mender is to:

  • broaden the supported device types
  • make the device integration process as easy as possible

The key features of Mender 1.6 are covered below, and you can see the detailed items in the release notes of Mender 1.6.0 and Mender 1.5.1.

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In some performance critical situations, it makes sense to limit management software to a single CPU (core). We can do this using systemd and cgroups. CFEngine already provides systemd units on relevant platforms, we just need to tweak them.

I'm using CFEngine Enterprise 3.12 on CentOS 7, but the...

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Support for updating Raspbian is coming to Mender! You can already test doing remote over-the-air updates with Raspbian and the Raspbierry Pi 3 with the demo images provided in this post.

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Join us at Open Source Summit! We'll be there in Vancouver, Canada, from August 29th to 31st at booth 15. We will also be hosting a BoF on Wednesday evening (and yes, beer will be provided). If you can't make it, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Mender team at these upcoming event...

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Mender 1.6 beta is here and ready for you to try out!

The ongoing focus for Mender is to broaden the supported device types and making the device integration process as easy as possible. The key features of Mender 1.6 beta are covered below, and you can see the detailed items in the Mender 1.6.0 beta release notes.

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With our recent release of Hosted Mender, the Mender update server as a service, we thought it was a good time to reassess our support for the Toradex Colibri platforms. Previously we had supported the Colibri i.MX7 platform as a standard Yocto integration pairing our meta-mender layer with th...

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Today, Mender's Drew Moseley gave two talks at O'Reilly's OSCON.

You can see Drew (or at least, half of Drew's face) with the audience at the IoT botnet wars talk:

Drew's other talk was Key Considerations for IoT Software Updates.

We will be hosting a joint webinar with Toradex on A...

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Today we are happy to announce the general availability of CFEngine 3.12.0 LTS!

This release has a lot of new features, and we are very excited about all the new possibilities you get with CFEngine 3.12.0 LTS.

If you are using the previous LTS, 3.10 you will also benefit from all the new feature...

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We are proud to announce that Mender has entered the league of the most prestigious and ambitious projects in Europe through the award of a phase 2 SME project under the Horizon 2020 project. The SME program supports “high-risk, high-potential SMEs to develop and bring to market new products, ser...

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We are happy to announce the production releases Mender 1.5.0 and 1.4.2!

The key features of Mender 1.5 are covered below, and you can see the detailed items in the release notes of Mender 1.5.0 and Mender 1.4.2.

Intel x86 support

Since the launch of Mender 1.0, a wide range of communi...

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View our 2 minute video explaining the challenge of updating devices remotely and why Mender should be considered over building your own update mechanism:

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"Cyberthreats continue to impose an ever-bigger danger across the fabric of our society. Governments around the world are waking up to this harsh reality and, as with global warming, this can best be dealt with at an international level.”

In the latest TechTarget IoT Agenda post, our own Thomas...

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We will be live streaming a session of Google Hangout on Air to introduce and demonstrate Hosted Mender on Thursday, May 31st at 10:00am EDT/16:00 CEST.

Please register here!

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We hope everyone enjoyed the Meetup this past Tuesday in Silicon Valley! For those that couldn't make it, we have published the slides on considerations for IoT development. Feel free to contact our presenter, Drew if you have any additional questions.

You can find the slides here.

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Mender 1.5.0 beta is here and ready for you to try out!

The key features of Mender 1.5 beta are covered below, and you can see the detailed items in the Mender 1.5.0 beta release notes.

Intel x86 support

Since the launch of Mender 1.0, a wide range of community members and customers using...

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We are proud to announce the launch of Hosted Mender! We have been working with hundreds of Hosted Mender beta testers to make certain our customers will have access to a secure and robust on-demand software updater for the Internet of Things. The wait is now over for our production-grade hosted O...

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We’re happy to announce the maintenance releases 3.7.8 LTS and 3.10.4 LTS today!

3.7.8 LTS and 3.10.4 LTS, being maintenance (aka patch) releases, the goal is to increase stability and reliability for CFEngine users and enable a safe upgrade-path. As such, these releases primarily includes bugfixe...

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Our own Drew Moseley will be giving a talk on The IoT Botnet Wars, Linux Devices, and the Absence of Basic Security Hardening on Thursday, April 19th at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

Our other upcoming events can always be found on our website, but here is a list of upcoming act...

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We are happy to announce that we have successfully verified that Mender works on the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. With the latest changes in the meta-raspberrypi Yocto master branch layer, we are able to deploy OTA updates to this new model of the Raspberry Pi family.

We also recently validate...

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The following is a guest blog post from Alan Alberghini, who graciously opted to share IOOOTA's journey in adopting Mender.

"I work for an Italian company named IOOOTA SRL whose focus is on IoT devices and, more specifically, we’re currently working on implementing a multi-protocol smarthome g...

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We are happy to announce the production release of Mender 1.4.0!

The key features of Mender 1.4 are covered here Mender 1.4 are covered here. Furthermore, you can see the detailed items in the Mender 1.4.0 release notes.

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Zener takes its name from the type of diode used in electronic circuits to regulate flow. Zener regulates the dataflow at every Node in the network, supporting and building n number of segments. This fine-grained control ensures that only explicitly allowed traffic is passing through any part of the...

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Zener works with existing on-premise and public cloud architectures. Zener Software Defined Firewall offers increased security, increased speed, increased flexibility, reduced complexity, significant cost savings, and is highly scalable.

Zener adds an extra layer of security and allows for growth...

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Mender is a proud sponsor for the Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit this Monday, March 12th through Wednesday, March 14th in Portland, Oregon. #lfelc #openiot

Visit us at booth 25 or come to one of our two talks:

Tuesday, March 13th at 10:50am (Pavilion East) Comparing and Contrastin...

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We would love to hear how you're using Mender today and if you'd be open to sharing a blog post about it and your use case (although that's not necessary), we'd very much appreciate it.

We'll mail you a Mender T-shirt, a Mender laptop sticker, and a Mender luggage tag.

Email us at contact@mender...

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Mender 1.4.0 beta is here and ready for you to try out!

In addition, we are happy to announce the production release of Mender 1.3.1! The Mender 1.3.1 release notes contains the details on the improvements in the Mender 1.3.1 patch release.

The key features of Mender 1.4 beta are covered in th...

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Greg Di Stefano is a software developer and a key member of the Mender project. He had a talk at FOSDEM in Brussels earlier this month. The talk was about IoT Botnets, Linux devices, and the absence of basic security hardening.

We apologize to the folks who could not attend the talk due to the lim...

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We’re happy to announce the maintenance releases 3.7.7 LTS and 3.10.3 LTS today!

3.7.7 LTS and 3.10.3 LTS, being maintenance (aka patch) releases, the goal is to increase stability and reliability for CFEngine users and enable a safe upgrade-path. As such, these releases primarily includes bugfixe...

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We have provided a How-to guide on getting Mender OTA integrated to the Toradex Colibri iMX7. This will show you how to get a Yocto build with Mender integrated on this production-grade board. Toradex provides high quality embedded hardware and we have partnered with Toradex due to their mature...

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We have published a White Paper on The Hidden Costs of Homegrown Updaters to help everyone understand the range of costs to build a feature-complete software update mechanism for your IoT devices. As more and more embedded systems are coming online, basic capabilities such as the ability to update...

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We are happy to announce the production release of Mender 1.3.0!

The key features of Mender 1.3 are listed below below, and you can see the detailed items in the Mender 1.3.0 release notes

The new version includes:

  • Easier device integration: Automated U-Boot patching
  • Yocto Project rocko (2....

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A great barrier to progress relates to decision making. Without clarity in decisions, directions and prioritizations become ambiguous. This translates to slower, and in worst case, a randomly moving business.

At Northern.tech we follow a few simple key decision making principles.

Make Frequent,

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The world of connected devices is growing rapidly. Everything from smart lighting to refrigerators to connected cars all hook into an ever more hyperconnected world in the name of efficiency and convenience. But the promise of smarter, more intelligent products are under threat from botnet operators...

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Mender 1.3.0 beta is here and ready for you to try out!

In addition, we are happy to announce the production release of Mender 1.2.2! The Mender 1.2.2 release notes contains the details on the improvements in the Mender 1.2.2 patch release.

The key features of Mender 1.3 beta are covered bel...

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At Northern.tech employees are allowed the freedom to choose their own organizational title. You may ask why a titleless culture currently resonates at Northern.tech. Read on….

The concept of titles

According to wikipedia, a title is a prefix or suffix added to someone's name in certain context...

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Last month, Linux Journal published an online article on key considerations for software updates for embedded Linux and IoT. The article was written by our own Eystein Stenberg.

One might think creating a solution for software update of connected devices is easy, but as Eystein shows us, there are...

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On September 27th, we held a joint webinar with Toradex presented by Drew Moseley of Mender and Brandon Shibley of Toradex.

Toradex is a Swiss founded and industry leading embedded computing manufacturer that provides Single Board Computers and System on Module solutions with strong embedded exp...

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As previously described in the Value Creation Model, people’s beliefs about others, like colleagues, customers, etc. and beliefs about relevant systems, like budgeting processes, product development, etc. deeply influence their actions which in turn are intimately tied to value creation. Ther...

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In my first blog post, I explained how value creation starts and ends with people, and subsequently depends on their beliefs about other people and systems.

One such system, and a very essential one, is the operating model. An operating model explains why we do what we do and how to stay on cour...

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There has beeen a lot of interest in the ability to run pre- and postinstall scripts, before and after the Mender Client writes the root file system.

Mender 1.2 not only includes support for pre- and postinstall scripts, but more generally state scripts. State scripts are more general and useful t...

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So you would like an internship at Northern.tech you say?

Great! Let's get you started.

First you have to apply! This is done through any number of channels. You can apply from our website: www.northern.tech. Even better, maybe you know one of us? Someone might say at the quiz on friday: "we are...

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Survival of the fittest in a transparent business world often translates to speed; and the ability to move faster than the competition. Whether your organization sprints in intervals, or keeps a steady pace, the one who, over time, proves to be the most agile and fastest moving wins.

At Northern....

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Today’s approach to securing IT infrastructure is passé. In a dynamic world of unpredictable and often frequent infrastructure changes, the traditional approach to security falls short. It is no longer sufficient to just scan frequently for vulnerabilities and then try to interpret this data in r...

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We’re happy to announce the maintenance release 3.10.2 LTS and the new 3.11.0 non-LTS release today!

3.10.2 LTS, being a maintenance (aka patch) release, the goal is to increase stability and reliability for CFEngine users and enable a safe upgrade-path. As such, the release primarily includes bug...

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Mender 1.2.0 beta is here and ready for you to try out!

There has beeen a lot of interest in the ability to run pre- and postinstall scripts, before and after the Mender Client writes the root file system. The most common use case is to do application data migration, for example if application dat...

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Today, Ralph Nguyen wrote a post on "The IoT Botnet Wars: How to Harden Linux Devices from DoS Attacks" on Electronicdesign.com.

While fighting botnets like Mirai and BrickerBot with another botnet, Hajime, may help prevent denial-of-service attacks on the IoT, the best defense is a basic system s...

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This month, Mender's own Drew Moseley wrote a blog post on "Why the Yocto Project for IoT" on Embedded.com. It outlines many of the reasons why we chose it as the first platform to support.

Yocto is essentially a build system and a collection of tools to build your own Linux distribution based on...

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To do good, have a good time and enjoy the day today gives meaning to life. The same applies to the meaning of business, with the addition of creating value, as perceived by others.

In this, and a series of blog posts, I will share how this fundamental belief has formed and continue to direct the...

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The officially supported hardware platform for the Mender OTA updater client is the Beaglebone. The recipes needed to support this platform are part of the standard meta-mender layer and testing of the client on this platform is integrated into our board farm and automated build infrastructure.

Su...

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Today we are proud to reveal our new name and brand; Northern.tech.

Northern.tech aims to become an international engineering powerhouse where bright and team oriented people work together to create the easiest to use solutions to support our mission of “Securing the World’s Connected Devic...

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