I''m in the process of configuring a Mele A1000 with Debian armhf and I hope to use it as a build/developemnt system for manual builds so I don''t have to take a build server down if I need to examine/fix a package.
Given the scarcity of the the Freescale iMX53 QSB systems, I''m considering whether it makes sense to purchase a couple of Mele's to add to the build cluster. They only have 512MB of memory, but in all other respects they seem very comparable with the iMX53 QSB. At about $90, I also can get them for 2/3's the cost of a the Freescale boards once shipping from China is factored in the price. I''m still working on getting a stable kernel for the A1000 so I need to make sure that happens before I make any decision around this.
Also, there are at least a handful of packages we probably would only want built on the iMX53 systems with 1GB of memory. Managing were specific packages build may be a little tricky.
If anyone else is looking for an ARM development system the Mele A1000/A2000 don't seem like bad systems. It has HDMI, VGA, Composite Video, Optical & Analog Sound, SATA, lots of USB, etc… There are also a group of developers working with AllWinner to try and open up the GPU to open source development.