I disagree that it's not as slick.... it's far superior in every sense. The only thing that apple TV provides is a cheap solution to a problem that didn't previously exist....Jail busted ATV2s with that on it are fetching stupid money on ebay at the moment. I made a handsome profit on my unhacked ATV2s on ebay (if it's what people want, who am I to argue, lol), which essentially made my ATV3 upgrade free
XBMC is open source geek stuff for rage against the [Apple] machine types. My mate has it on a mini-PC and it's nowhere near as slick as ATV / itunes. Kind of ironic that the Apple bashing XMBC fan boys want Apple hardware to run it on.