What I'm trying to do is send caller ID (CID) information from a system running Asterisk+FreePBX to all (3) MythTV frontend systems on my network. I'd like the CID information to pop-up over top of whatever is going on (eg, whether it's on a menu, or playing back a recording). Eventually there may be other information as well, but for now CID would be a great start.
The libnotify-style notifications are fine (though I probably need to increase text size to make it visible). I was thinking something like Growl, though this doesn't seem to exist for Linux.
Ideally I'd just be able to do some kind of broadcast to the whole network, eg, from the FreePBX system I could run a command like:
notify --broadcast --title "Incoming Call" "Smith J\n613-555-1234"
And then on any mythtv frontend, it would appear somewhere on screen.
Note: there is a MythNotify plugin, which I have used in a previous iteration of my setup, but it has a severe limitation (I believe based on the way MythTV's OSD stuff works) that it can only display notifications during video playback: not while in menus. I also remember it being a pain to get displaying properly: it uses XML for messaging then XSLT to change to mythtv's XML format. If you want to display something slightly differently, you have to make a small handful of new XML files and even then getting the "callerid-from-phonebook.xml" message to actually render to the (remote) "callerid-from-phonebook-osd.xml" file for display is some kind of black art.