Not sure if this is the right forum…
I want to do this:
I have lots of mp3’s/photos etc on my laptop.
I want to get some kind of NAS box (or build my own server, not sure yet) and keep all my mp3’s/photos/important docs & stuff on it (some kind of raid/mirroring in there too)
I want to turn on my laptop at home, fire up amarok and play my mp3’s through my stereo’s speakers (laptop might be in the garden, and the headphone jack on it doesn’t work anyway, so cables are out). So I’d like it to connect to my mp3 collection over my wireless & play them from there.
Also, when I’m out & about (away from the network) I want to have my mp3’s, photos & docs with me so I can use them. When I get back home, I want my changes synced across to the NAS box.
Also, I might get another laptop for my fiance, and I want it to work the same way as mine. BUT, I also want if she puts a new photo/mp3 etc on the NAS, then it wil sync on to my laptop too so everything is up to date.
So, Do I need to keep separate copies of everything on both laptops & the NAS and (cleverly) use rsync, or can I have it so everything is on the NAS and I have some kind of ‘offline mode’ that keeps a local cache? And how might I go about making the sound come through my stereo rather than through the laptop?
I had up until last week a computer upstairs with mpd on it connected to my stereo and qmpdclient on the laptop, but I melted the processor So I’m looking for a better way of doing it seeing as I’m starting from fresh.
EDIT: I guess what I’m looking for is a good way of having a ‘home multimedia server’
I’m also looking at buying some new kit (DNLA stuff (telly), squeezebox, that sort of thing) once I’ve got some money - saving up to get married at the mo, so expensive stuff is out for at least a year.