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Synergy

I set up Synergy at work.  I now have 4 monitors and 3 computers all using 1 keyboard and mouse. Synergy lets you move the mouse off the edge of one screen and it shows up on the screen of the next computer.  Synergy also lets you copy and past between the systems. I have 1 mac, 1 vista dual screen, and my Ubuntu Fiesty linux laptop.  I am using Vista as the synergy server.  It was fairly painless to install.  The only hitch was installing openSSH server on vista via Cygwin.  By default everything is sent in the clear over the wire in synergy, so you have to port forward though SSH to secure the channel.  I am using RSA keys with no pass phrases so I can easily script the port forwarding and the start of synergy client on Linux and the mac.  The only problem with my set up is Compiz Fusion doesn’t run all that great.  When you spin the cube it is little jerky and unresponsive, I uped the speed and that helped a little. I can live with that though, I usually just use the keyboard short cuts any ways.

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  1. Jahangir
    July 19, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Looks like Synergy is becoming a buzz word.. Even google’s Matt Cutts did a blog post on synergy..
    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/how-to-configure-synergy-in-six-steps/

  2. July 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

    It is popular. I just wish it had built in encryption. When I get a chance I will take a look at the code. It shouldn’t be too hard to shoehorn in 3des using cipher feedback mode.

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