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Update: SoftIron ceased manufacturing the OverDrive 1000 and 3000 products in 2019.
Documentation for the OverDrive 1000 and OverDrive 3000 along with firmware is now available on GitHub at

San Francisco, USA June 27th, 2016 – Storage and server innovator SoftIron today announced it has launched a CentOS version of its OverDrive 1000, an entry level 64-bit ARM developer system, powered by the AMD® Opteron A1100™ series processor.

CentOS – the Community Enterprise Operating System – is a free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform which aims to be functionally compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The CentOS OverDrive 1000 combines this technology with a fast, reliable platform for developing ARM-based applications.

Commenting on the launch, Norman Fraser, SoftIron CEO said: “CentOS is widely popular with Linux users, hosting providers, developers, and small businesses. These groups form a fantastic user base for the OverDrive 1000. Combining the cost-effectiveness of CentOS with the capability of the OverDrive 1000 creates a compelling offering for individual and commercial developers alike”.

“Not only will developers be able to get to work straight away because of the out-of-the-box functionality of the OverDrive 1000, but they will be able to benefit from the CentOS team’s close association with Red Hat and over a decade of security expertise. That gives incredible confidence to everyone.”