Linux video server for the minivan

The video player died in our minivan a few weeks ago, sending my kids into a death spiral of Wiggles withdrawal. In retrospect, it would probably have been better never to have the video player, but it seduced us with the promise of hypnotically transfixed children who would never again ask, "Are we there yet?" I had to have it back, only better. So I built a video server for the minivan.