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1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, Multiple Computers

Posted: July 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Most tech-folk know that desktop real-estate is key to optimizing efficiency. Adding a second monitor can increase your work output/efficiency by almost half. So if you are like most people and have a desktop and a laptop, get ready for the best FREE upgrade you can make to your setup.
This article is also for those of you who are using multiple keyboards/mice on your desk for more than one computer. The solution to this cumbersome setup is Synergy. Synergy works by first defining where the computer screens are arranged (macbook to left of desktop, desktop to right of macbook…etc). The program can act as a client or host. The main computer with the keyboard and mouse is the host. The client computers consist of every other computer you want to use. I currently have a desktop as my host with 4 LCDs. To the right I have a mac mini on a 19″ LCD, to the left of the desktop is a macbook, to the left of the macbook is another laptop. I can control all of these with one keyboard and mouse seamlessly dragging from monitor to monitor. Synergy works by sending all of the mouse information over the local network to each defined host. It’s worth noting that the clipboard carries over too! From Mac, to Linux, to Windows!

What you need:
1. For mac users the gui wrapper for synergy is fantastic. Get it here – SynergyKM.
2. For *NUX and Windows users, get it here – synergy2.sourceforge.net

By the way, Synergy is open source (most things on this site are).

Here is a great example of synergy freeing up desk space: