> Emdebian, that is mentioned there, is also for this mode of operations.
Sure, I actually use Fedora on ARM so I noticed it missing. I'm sure people would also get a good experience with Debian based stuff from the same principle.
A lot of people are still in the mindset that because it's embedded you have to cook everything yourself and minimize footprint and so on; that mass build mindset pushes them towards cross.
That is still required for weaker chips but it's now common that ARM-based chips are more than strong enough (say, 400MHz ARM9+; Cortex A8 and 1.2GHz Marvell chips are now in real devices) and have enough resources to host their own build. In the case you're using a normal distro, you don't care much anyway because you just use the packaged binaries for almost everything same as you would on a desktop.
I found it's a real breakthrough to be able to look at the embedded device same as a - in my case - Fedora server or desktop device and manage it by yum, have full bash, sysvinit if you want it, all the full strength servers. If you have the appropriate CPU and storage - I have SD Card rootfs on my devices - then this tradeoff can be a huge advantage in quality and time to market.