Today I was talking with a friend of mine about Media Centers. A little by change I found a great Open Source solution.

It’s called Elisa.

Here’s a little demo:

I had to try it. It is super simple to install.

It all happens in the Terminal:

  • First import the GPG key
wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
  • Then add the Elisa package source to your sources list

    • open sources.list with your favorite text editor
    sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
    • add the source (this one is to Gutsy Gibbon)
    deb gutsy main
  • Now all it’s left to do is update apt-get and install Elisa

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elisa

Elisa is installed by default under Applications > Sound & Video > Elisa Media Center.

Without any configuration Elisa saw all the Music, Pictures and Videos I have in my Home Folder. It also loaded the subtitles file corresponding to an avi file. Just great.

In the Videos folder I add a link to a video folder in another file system and I could navigate in Elisa to that location.

This is Elisa 0.3.5. I can’t wait for new updates.