Just in case you haven't yet watched it: Big Buck Bunny.
Great animated video created mainly using Blender, released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
The soundtrack/score is now also available under a CC license (as is lots of other "raw" material for the movie).
There are situations where you might want to redirect some audio you're playing on your local computer to another computer's speakers, potentially in a different room, or even anywhere on the Internet.
One of many possibilities to do that is to use the Enlightened Sound Daemon (EsoundD, or esd). It ships with a program called esddsp (apt-get install esound-clients) which can redirect various audio sources.
First, you have to start the esd daemon on a console on the remote host (the one which should output the audio on some speaker, for example 192.168.0.xxx) e.g. like this:
$ esd -public -nobeeps -tcp
You can do this as regular user (no need to be root) if you have the proper permissions. You also need to allow connections on port 16001 in your firewall settings. Then you can redirect audio to that daemon from another computer. In this example I'm redirecting some music using various players:
$ esddsp -s 192.168.0.xxx:16001 mpg321 -o esd foo.mp3 $ esddsp -s 192.168.0.xxx:16001 mplayer -ao esd foo.mp3 $ esddsp -s 192.168.0.xxx:16001 ogg123 -d esd foo.ogg
This also works fine for videos, in which case you can redirect the audio (but not video):
$ esddsp -s 192.168.0.xxx:16001 mplayer -ao esd foo.mp4
For the video player Miro, I've recently documented this in the Debian package's README.Debian file. Basically you have to edit ~/.xine/config and enable audio.driver:esd there, then start Miro with
$ esddsp -s 192.168.0.xxx:16001 miro
Audio will be emitted on the remote host, video remains on your local PC.
Some programs may also support esd natively, in which case esddsp is not required, e.g.
$ ogg123 -d esd -o host:192.168.0.14:16001 foo.ogg
FYI, my new Miro packages (formerly known as Democracy Player) have now reached unstable.
After lots of ugly, ugly trouble with even getting a successful build (boost/python/dbus related, you don't want to know) the packages are back in shape now, with tons of fixed (or no longer reproducible) bugs and lots of upstream impovements and new features.
If you reported a bug against Democracy Player, please try the latest Miro package and check if it still occurs, thanks!
The upgrade should be seamless, your existing config and videos will be migrated from
~/.miro automatically upon the first start of Miro.
Some of the new/fixed things in this release include:
Many online video sites such as Youtube, Google Video, Dailymotion, Metacafe, and others only provide limited or inconvenient access to the videos; either they require you to install the proprietary Flash player (and I surely won't do that), and/or you can only view them online (but not download them).
There are some solutions, each with advantages and disadvantages:
After the download, you can either view the videos using (e.g.) mplayer, or recode them into a more sane format. For all of the above programs there are Debian packages available, except for VideoDownloader/UnPlug (but you can easily install those from within Firefox).
Update 2007-07-26: Added UnPlug and swfdec (thanks Joe Buck and Josh Triplet for the comments).
Highly recommended for anybody who might be even remotely interested in LinuxBIOS:
The talk is about LinuxBIOS, its history, how it works, what the main challenges are, where it's used today and what the future will likely hold. Watch it, you won't regret it.