There is only one quick, easy and reliable way we know to set up a Linux-based Squeezebox Server (LMS) and that is to use Vortexbox. The good people at Vortexbox work hard to make sure that all library files are available, configuration details are correct, and that all new releases of Squeezebox server are tested with the current version of Fedora before being sent out into the wild as a new Vortexbox release.

If you want to load Squeezebox on a Linux computer without Vortexbox, then you have to do all the work that the hard-working people at Vortexbox have already done. It is not a trivial task (which is why, if you use Vortexbox, you should send them a donation.)

Even loading the software isn't always easy because no distros (as far as we know) include Squeezebox in their helpful GUI program managers. That means you need to install the app manually via the command line, and perform all updates manually too. Or you can add the Squeezebox repository to your sources list, but then you can't always be sure you're getting the latest version. Sometimes a new OS release breaks something important in Squeezebox or vice versa, and you need to spend time fixing that. All of this is doable, but takes time, effort and some more-than-basic knowledge of Linux.

In short, there are lots of different ways of spending time and effort and getting frustrated installing Squeezebox Server from scratch on any Linux platform. If you are already a Linux expert, then this will be a breeze and even fun. If that's you, you won't need much help from us, except maybe some pointers to the software location. If you want to learn more about Linux, which all of us should want to do, then by all means give it a try; lots of people do it, and can experience a glow of achievement as well as being able to listen to the music.

But this website aims to get people using Squeezebox first, and they can learn more later from all the great resources that are out there. 

So our "easy" suggestion currently is that you use Vortexbox. When some distros include Squeezebox server (or LMS, or Squeezecenter) in their default repository, we will write an easy guide to installation and setup.

Vortexbox (the Easy Way)

For People who Know What They Are Doing (the Not-so-easy Way)

You will need to know how to do the following:

  • Install downloaded RPM or DEB files using the command line, OR, edit the repository sources list so that yum and apt-get can access them.
  • Setup Samba so you can copy files onto the server from a different computer. This is useful if you plan to use your everyday desktop to rip and tag music files then move them to the server. You could also use rsync if you need to do this a lot. 
  • If you plan to run the server headless, you will also need to set up SSL.

We have added links to Squeezebox server downloads and repositories to the Easysqueezebox Useful Links page.

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