I just spent a little bit of time setting up a build server on Scaleway, a European cloud host which offers “bare metal” quad-core, 1.3GHz ARMv7 servers. I won’t get in to the cost effectiveness of their service but it got me what I wanted: easy access to a different architecture.
Hopefully this information is useful to someone who wants to take ARM for a spin from the comfort of their SSH terminal. Please let me know how it goes for you and what you learn.
My main take aways: Scaleway has 5x worse IO perf than my new laptop. Also, my libc calls need some mechanism to handle the architecture sizes.