Building a media centre
I plan to soon begin building a new PC to use as a media centre, and would like to ask for some advice.
After changing my mind a few times, I'm thinking that it may be nice to go for a server approach. My ideas are somewhat hazy, but I'm thinking of just having a box running as a server, with a couple of large hard drives holding all the media. This could then be streamed to any device.
To accomplish this, it should all be streamable through a web browser, and after doing a little research, Flumotion looks good for this. So, any device running a web browser and Totem would be able to stream media. Now, I don't know where to start with this, I have no experience with anything like this, so I'd like some advice on where to start, and what I need to learn to be able to put it off.
The important thing is for media to be streamable on the network, but would this potentially make it streamable over the internet? I don't see any reason it wouldn't be, and that would be superb.
It would be nice to have this all happening through a nice AJAX-powered site, but that's not important until after everything else is set up.
It would be nice to be able to access media via other programs, which shouldn't be too hard to setup, i.e. get Rhythmbox to read its library from a different PC, and similar for other programs.
Any administration-type-stuff that needs to be done could be done via remote desktop (or plug in a monitor if the situation calls for it).
So, any advice on where to start, any other comments or advice, pointers towards useful programs, feature ideas are all really appreciated.