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 http://elisa.fluendo.com/packages/philn.asc -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 http://elisa.fluendo.com/packages 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.