Getting Kodi running on SteamOS

This is a quick guide on how to get Kodi (formerly xbmc) running on SteamOS, this method is a little hacky but it gets the job done and you'll be watching your media in no time. As I use this a NUC under my telly for my gaming/viewing habits I have no need for the gnome desktop environment that gets installed so I replace it with Kodi, this means I just switch to "desktop mode" from within Steam to fire up Kodi and exit Kodi to get back to Steam, it's not perfect but it works and serves all my needs.

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Using Vagrant for SaltStack States Development

I won't get too deep on the subject of why Vagrant is a great tool for development, Darren Beale has a great writeup on the subject, while it's more development based it still holds true for developing your Salt states. The TL;DR is that Vagrant gives us the ability to spin up machines then tear them down as needed, this is great for writing config management states as you can plug on through getting a system configured, tear the machine down then reprovision it from scratch.

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