Here is the Snakeoil philosophy:
Music, your way!
We want you to keep this in mind from the moment you power up your Snakeoil computer to listen to music.
Hifi and music are both journeys of discovery - you will find your music tastes change over time. Songs you listen to when you were younger often takes on a different flavour/meaning now. The coming of age can also introduce a sense of nostalgia. These and many other factors means music will never feel the same for everybody - there are small instrinsic values that can only be quantifiable by the unique you.
Snakeoil OS provides you almost everything you need when listening to your music. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of choice - you choose the kernel version, you choose the music player, and you decide what tweaks works for you. Everything is entirely up to you. This is simply music your way.
When you look at traditional hifi, there are very few examples that offers this level of flexibility. Often you are 'buying into' the maker/designer sound. The component makers decide what sounod best, and they put it out into the market. With these equipment, you are buying them based on your perceived understanding of their knowledge; you are buying into their sound, not yours. All is well if you share the same ideas, but that is not always the case. As an example, if your preference change, you have to purchase new gear to suit.
Snakeoil OS is a completely different beast - you get to call the shots. In a way we are forcing you to find your own sound. To discover that elusive x-factor that will make you feel relaxed, to raise hairs on the back of your neck. If you put your mind to it - it is likely you'd never have a need to purchase a new source again - by changing various options/features in Snakeoil OS - you can tune the sound to your preference.
Snakoil OS provides the foundationi. Everything else is up to you. What music player should you pick (XMMS, LMS, MPD, or others)? What kernel should you use? If you think these decisions don't matter download Snakeoil OS yourself and give it a go. Snakeoil OS is powered by a modern HTML5 WebApp that allows you to make these decisions easily. Gone are the days when you have to spend hours on end trying to get something to work on your computer. Snakeoil OS just works, in a few clicks. Snakeoil OS will lead you on a snake winding path - you can make Snakeoil OS sing to your heart delights, or you can also make it the worst sounding piece of crap ever. For the first time ever - you and you alone hold the power and responsibility. The better the audiophile you are, the better your Snakeoil OS will be.
In time you will find Snakeoil OS is a reflection of your inner self. The way of your music is also a way to self discovery, and it is a journey of endless rewards.
Yes, with Snakeoil OS, it's all about you.