By on May 17, 2005

Saw a post on hackaday regarding Synergy, a piece of software that acts as a sort of virtual keyboard/mouse switch for multiple computers.

Synergy 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. Learn more about how it works.

I bring my laptop home with me at nights to work, and I thought of this story when I hunkered down over the trackpad and little keyboard tonight to get some work done. Sure enough, Synergy was already in Gentoo Portage for my laptop, and while that was compiling I grabbed the windows installer and ran it on my wife’s desktop machine.

The software was suprisingly easy to set up (although the windows GUI isn’t exactly crystal clear), and within minutes I was scrolling off the edge of the Windows screen and on to my KDE desktop. Brilliant.

If you’re interested in trying something like this, read on for a quick run-down of what I did to get things set up.

Via Hackaday.



  1. glad you found this, been using synergy for a while now … really wonderful bit o software. works with a dual-head xp as the server, and a linux box on the right and a laptop on the left. painfully productive, painfully slick indeed. there are some slight issues that perhaps are fixed in the newer versions, but all in all it is a godsend. the linux client needs to be ‘brighter’ so it can work with gdm/xdm rather than having to login manually first and start synceryc as a user.

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