Moved to the website: jMonkeyEngine | MacOS renting and development in the cloud
Thanks for figuring this out and providing a detailed write-up, Riccardo.
I worry that important Forum/Hub posts like this one become difficult to find after a few weeks. Perhaps this info (or a link to it) should be added to our Wiki.
I made a blog post
A post was merged into an existing topic: MacOS renting in the cloud
Today I learned that MacStadium offers Mac-in-the-cloud with 4 data centers (California USA, Nevada USA, Georgia USA, and Ireland). Their Mac Mini servers include both Gen 4 (Intel i7) and Gen 5 (Apple Silicon M1). Not cheap, but they offer discounts to open-source projects. I’ve applied to be in their Open Source Member Program.
Other cloud providers to consider include:
- Macincloud (8 data centers) https://www.macincloud.com/ (might be Intel-only)
- Oakhost (Germany) https://www.oakhost.net/mac-mini-hosting
- Scaleway (France, Netherlands, and Poland) https://www.scaleway.com/en/hello-m1/
AWS claims to have M1 hardware in preview: Amazon EC2 Mac Instances - Amazon Web Services
When that becomes generally available, I imagine it’ll be a game changer.
MacStadium granted me a free Mac mini G5A with Monterey (macOS 12/Darwin v21)!
The install script above was very helpful to me. Note: an extra step was required to install Rosetta 2 prior to installing NoMachine:
For VNC access, I first tried TightVNC’s client, but it didn’t support the right security types for Monterey’s VNC server. I then installed Remmina’s client (installed using flatpak), and that seems to work fine.
For file transfer, I installed an FTP server using
brew install pure-ftpd .