Synergy

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) –http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

I first learned about synergy about six months ago. At the time I thought it was a great application but my problem was that i didn’t want to set it up. It seemed like a bit of work and well I didn’t really need it.

Today I again read about synergy on lifehacker and again my interest was sparked.

So I fired up synaptic and searched for synergy and I find quicksynergy which is described as “GUI for easy configuration of Synergy” and that’s exactly what it is. After installing quicksynergy which installs synergy as a dependency I can tell you that’s exactly what it is.

I simply Installed it, added the clients to the server (Note that the name of the computer must be used not the IP)

Started the server. Then added the server IP to the client and started that and I was off.

The whole process took less than 10 minutes (Including solving a problem I had where I was putting NaN’s IP instead of its name) and this whole post has been typed from my main computer’s (MinusOne) keyboard on my laptop (NaN). This is definitely a program I seem myself using in the future since I am always using more than one computer, and one of the best features is that it lets me share my cut and paste buffer across the computers. letting me cut on one computer and paste on another.

Got any great ubuntu tips? I would love to hear about them. earobinson@ubuntu.com

Note: “You should be aware that synergy does not provide any secure connection. Anyone who has access to your network segment may sniff the keystrokes and get a password typed from one computer to another for example.” — Jeremie Corbie That being said its still great for controlling my music, or video, or just typing on another computer. Just not for typing passwords. More Info

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7 Responses to Synergy

  1. You should be aware that synergy does not provide any secure connection. Anyone who has access to your network segment may sniff the keystrokes and get a password typed from one computer to another for example.

  2. earobinson says:

    Thanks for the comment, ill put up a warning.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Ten minutes? After reading what you wrote, it took about a total of 30 seconds! Thanks!

  4. etank says:

    Actually you can connect to synergy in an ssh tunnel. I found this tutorial on how to do it http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2007/04/16/update-securing-synergy-over-the-wire/. It is also in the man page for synergyc (the client side of synergy). Once setup no one should be able to sniff the connection.

  5. earobinson says:

    @Jeremy, Ya I had debug time in there also I kept using the ip for NaN and not the computer name.

    @etank Ya I noticed that I also got an email about it (waiting for permission to post it). I have added a More Info link that links to more info about ssh tunneling on the synergy website and that is a great ubuntu tutorial if you are worried about security.

    Who knows maybe quicksynergy will one day include ssh tunneling or maybe even synergy its self.

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