Boot Firmware

The UEFI/EDK2 guide for EE provides information on how to flash the boot firmware for Overdrive (AMI Bios).

Reference Platform Kernel

The Reference Platform kernel used by the enterprise release can be found on

Since we use the same kernel config with all our builds and distributions, it is also available as part of the same kernel tree, and can be found at arch/arm64/configs/distro.config.

At the time of the 16.03 release, the kernel is based on 4.4.0.

For future releases we will also have kernel config fragments for key functionality that will make it easier for other projects and distributions to consume.

The Reference Platform kernel will act as an integration point (very similar to linux-next) for various upstream-targeted features and platform-enablement code on the latest kernel. Please read the kernel policy on how this kernel will be maintained. It is not meant to be a stable kernel - the LSK is already available for that.

Quick Start

AMD Overdrive

Since the EDK2 based firmware is not yet supported (work in progress), the original AMI BIOS based firmware from AMD is required.

At the time of the 16.03 release the latest firmware version for Overdrive (B0) is Latest for rev A is still

A and B0 are both supported by the 16.03 release (A requires an external PCIe NIC)

After flashing/updating the firmware, proceed to the network installer instructions in order to install your favorite distribution. No special setup is required for Overdrive.

Flashing the firmware

Follow the instructions available as part of the UEFI EDK2 Guide in order to flash your AMD Overdrive. The tested flashing process requires DediProg SF100, but a board like the SPI Hook should also be compatible with it (not yet tested).

Network Installers

In order to install a distribution from network, PXE (DCHP/TFTP) booting is required. Since we require UEFI for the Enterprise Edition, the setup is usually easier since all you need is to load GRUB 2 (and its configuration). Check this link for instructions on how to quickly setup your own PXE server (using dnsmasq).

Install instructions for the tested/supported distributions:

Enterprise Test Reports: (Debian / CentOS)

Other distributions

Only Debian and CentOS are officially released and validated as part of the reference software platform project, but other distributions can be easily supported as well (just need kernel and installer changes).

Extra resources for other distributions:

Enterprise Software Components


Follow the instructions on how to install and run OpenStack Liberty on Debian Jessie.

Hadoop (ODPi BigTop)


Follow the instructions to install ODPi BigTop Hadoop

Setup and Running Hadoop

Follow the instructions to configure and install Hadoop