I'm using my old laptop as a media streamer & server and am interested in being able to control its audio/video output from another machine.
So fx, I select a song my new laptop and it gets channeled/played on the old one.
thanks in advance for any input
Thank you, ssh + mplayer fullfills my video playing needs.
The other functionality I'm after is being able to spceify my audio output as that older laptop, so the music I'm playing in cmus gets played through it.
As would any other sound.
If you want to do all sounds from one pc to another, the easiest method would be to use pulseaudio - install pulseaudio on the receiving end and libpulse (pulled in by mpd/mplayer/etc. anyways) on the sending end.
For MPD alone, follow the Remote instructions, for other software, specify the use of pulseaudio and the default server as per their instructions (i.e. mplayer -ao pulse:hostname); iirc you can set the default server in ~/.pulse/client.conf (I don't, since I have aliases for the multiple machines I use pulse with).