Saturday, December 01, 2007


Saturday evening and I'm blogging from the workshop.....

Ho hum,

Anyhow - for the few hours I have had at home this week I discovered Synergy - what a superb utility. It lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).
Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.

It is better than relying on VNC's keyboard/mouse transport - it doesn't suffer any of that systems lag when re-drawing the screen. I have it working between an XP box and a late-model G4 that I've just put Leopard onto. If you intend to use it under Linux or OS-X and grab it from SourceForge you'll have to install it yourself and spin the .conf file which is involved but do'able. It took me about an hour to get working using the XP machine as the server (i.e. where the keyboard and mouse is attached) and the G4 as client. As soon as I had I discovered SynergyKM which is a GUI that makes Mac config a breeze.

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