I am after opinions from anybody and hopefully some experience.
I have a couple of areas in my house which I would like to have distributed audio. I have a few old machines hanging around that are left over from various projects (dedicated MP3 player, old gateway machine). They are working machines but are not much use for anything.
I would like to turn them into Media Directors that only deal with audio. Therefore they would have no screen attached and no ability to play video.
I like the idea of them being diskless so I would try and get them to network boot.
Firstly can this work, as there is only one MD install image - would this work with older CPUs and limited memory?
Do I need to actually have Orbiter run on these machines? There is no real need for the machines to even run X-Windows, so I can't see why they need Orbiter. But is it possible to have a MD like this?
Would I still be able to use Xine-Player device to play the audio or does this only work as an Orbiter controlled device?
Am I better off not making it an MD and instead just installing its own OS (Debian) and then getting the basic Pluto libraries to run on it? Has anyone done this? Is it then hard to get those devices controlled by other Orbiters?
Ideally if it all worked then it could be turned into a device template to make it easy for other people to install.
I realise that there is already devices like the squeezebox etc that work like this but these seem to be more like Pluto controlled devices rather than standalone machines.
Anyone got any ideas to share?