How to replace Finder
Find Finder.app on the OSBoot partition. Its in System/Library/CoreServices.
Rename Finder.app to Finder.app.sav. Copy in your replacement app and rename it to Finder.app.
mv Finder.app Finder.app.sav cp /<some-path>/CenteraStage.app Finder.app
Now, navigate into its Contents/MacOS folder and copy its bin to Finder.
cd Contents/MacOS cp CenterStage Finder
For me, CenterStage worked with the remote, but failed to play a movie that I placed /Volumes/Media/Scratch/Users/frontrow/Movies
- Note: The Watchdog issue is not yet resolved, so the system will reboot after a bit.
UPDATE: CenterStage will play mp4, mov, avi(xvid). The trick is to press and hold select when on the movie of choice.
Has someone already tried Equinux MediaCentral? It's currently the only Mac application that's stable enough to be a recommenable replacement for the AppleTV's Finder.
UPDATE: If you run finder manually over ssh for a couple of seconds every 5 minutes, the machine does not reboot.