I am getting a bit frustrated since I've been spending days to setup a multimedia network at home. My friends have Sonos, playing music all around their house with a remote control.. I have 3x Linux based laptops and 2x Androids (wife and me) and I cannot believe that it's impossible to create a Sonos like setup with Linux?!
To start with, the setup has to use UPnP/DLNA and a 1) media server 2) media controller and 3) media renderer. The Androids should be the media renderers. For this, a very nice app exists called AndroMote. The problem is finding both a media server and renderer supporting this!
XBMC is the only one I've found which AndroMote detects as a UPnP server but XBMC completely clogs my 5 year old laptop since it is also a media player with a almost 3D interface - so the fan is spinning like loud as a helicopter as long as XBMC is running. Although I have to give XBMC credit for good support and active development - they even have a very good Android remote app - but the idea of "one ring to bind them" is not that of XBMC.
Then there is Firefly - promising but not detected by AndroMote.
PS3 media server had problems too.
Then there are tons of others (Rygel, forked DAAPd, miniDLNA, Servioo, MediaTomb...) but how the heck should the amateur me have time to try all these to see if they work with AndroMote?
So I am getting a bit frustrated, seeing my friends with Sonos and Apple just plugging in their systems and running... is this mission impossible?