Out of interest, what did you use for your base OS when you were doing MIPS development? Did you reuse an existing distro? Does Linaro support MIPS?
EDIT: Just found out there's a Linaro-like organisation for MIPS called Prpl. Is that what you used?
I vaguely remember Linaro, but that might have been ARM (which we also supported). I don't recall Prpl.