Well here's what I have ended up doing:
Spun up a VM on my ESX server and installed Ubuntu Server 10.04 x64 base install and updates.
Installed Logitech Media Server using repository instructions http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/DebianPackage
Installed Voyage Linux on a spare laptop and compiled Squeezeslave from source http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/S ... structions
Installed Voyage Linux on CF Card and setup Alix hardware
for use with X (alix3d3/alix1d):
changes in "/etc/inittab":
comment "T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty –L ttyS0"
uncomment "#1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty –L tty1"
changes in "/boot/grub/menu.lst":
"terminal serial" replace with "terminal console"
"kernel … console=ttyS0" replace with "… console=tty0"
comment "serial --speed=38400"
Copied compiled Squeezeslave from spare laptop to Alix hardware CF card and setup an automated startup daemon script.
Now I am running the Alix Squeezeslave over POE and have some speakers hooked up to the analog audio output.
With this hardware I have the option of adding a display later in case I want to have something shown
as well as adding a high quality USB DAC at a later date.
And the materials:
$130.60 Shipped ALIX 3d3 http://siliconkit.com/ocart/index.php?r ... uct_id=111
$11.85 Shipped 18V DC Adapter http://www.pimfg.com/Product-Detail/PIPS-18-1A
$15.99 Shipped Sandisk Ultra 4GB CF Card http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002T8 ... 00_details
$3.99 Power Over Ethernet Injector http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/it.A/id.309/.f
$12.50 Indoor enclosure for ALIX.3 Boards http://www.mini-box.com/ALIX-3-Enclosure
$0.98 I/O Bracket for Alix.3D3 http://www.mini-box.com/Bracket-for-Alix-3c2_2
$178.66 Total Cost Now when I can get my hands on a rpi I can significantly reduce the TCO in adding squeezeslaves to my house!