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Author Topic: Synergy - machine sharing  (Read 3638 times)

Tigerwolf

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Synergy - machine sharing
« on: August 14, 2007, 03:12:00 pm »

Synergy allows use of a single mouse and keyboard across multiple network connected machines.  Each machine does need a monitor screen.  Pushing the mouse cursor to the desired screen activates the master mouse/keyboard there.  It can largely eliminate need for KVM switch boxes.

The server(master)/client model works across Linux, Unix, MAC-OS, and Windoze and allows customization for screen layout (left/right/above/below) and also for mapping keyboard keys for each specific machine.

It's GPL  licensed and has good documentation.

Home page:  http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

It seemed to compile simply enough on a test VL 5.8 machine.

This would make a useful package addition to VL distro.
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exeterdad

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Re: Synergy - machine sharing
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007, 04:10:57 pm »

Very interesting.  I use a KVM myself.  But I could see a system like that being useful.  If it works, that is.
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Tigerwolf

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Re: Synergy - machine sharing
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007, 09:55:26 pm »

Very interesting.  I use a KVM myself.  But I could see a system like that being useful.  If it works, that is.

SGI IRIX has had a similar program called "Teleffect" for years.   It works fine.   This appears to be an even more configurable open-source version.

I've got Synergy working between a Red Hat FC6 box (RH provides an RPM package) with 1650x1080 screen and a VL machine (where I compiled raw source) with 1024x768 screen.   So far, it works flawlessly.   

Having it in a VL package would be handy.

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Re: Synergy - machine sharing
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2007, 06:12:49 am »

Would YOU be interested in building/submitting the package?  Since you have experience with the system, it would be nice if it was packaged by someone who is familiar with it.
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Re: Synergy - machine sharing
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2007, 09:06:27 am »

Would YOU be interested in building/submitting the package?  Since you have experience with the system, it would be nice if it was packaged by someone who is familiar with it.

I'd be glad to, except for a few factors:

1.  I'm *not* a programmer type.  If things don't work with ./configure, make, make install, i'm pretty much lost.

2.  I expect the Vector packaging requires/recommends certain conventions be followed for configuring/compiling such as config options, install directories, etc.  It may be all documented someplace, but I'm sure I'd need some hand-holding by someone familar with what all the conventions are.

3.  The machines here are all running a customized kerel for K6-2 processors, so I'm not sure something compiled from source would run properly on generic pentiums.  Likewise, I've tried to strip out as much of kde/gnome bloat as I can and limit things strictly to XFCE because of machine speed, disk space, and memory.  I would expect the desired packaging would be from a more generic pentium/stock VL install to be sure it would run properly everywhere.

If there's someone to help me learn the procedures, and if the system limitations above aren't a factor, then I'd be glad to try to contribute to packaging little things I find useful. 
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Re: Synergy - machine sharing
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007, 10:27:10 am »

If there's someone to help me learn the procedures, and if the system limitations above aren't a factor, then I'd be glad to try to contribute to packaging little things I find useful. 

Read this:
http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/index.php?topic=1380.0

Hope that helps!
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