Synergy KVM

Another sweet find!  Synergy is a virtual KVM.  Basically, what this means is that you can control more than one machine…very useful when you have two machines side by side with separate monitors.  The uber-sweet nature of the sweetness is that it is open source and multi platform, so I can jump between my Windows laptop and Ubuntu server with ease!  Sweeeeet!

To do this, download the synergy source from the link above and follow the instructions on the page.  I have it set so my laptop (primary machine) is the server, so I followed the simply Windows instructions to get that working.  For the Ubuntu clients, the tricky bit was to get it so that synergy automatically starts at the login screen.  To do this:

  1. Add the following to /etc/gdm/Init/Default before sysmodmap=/etc/X11/Xmodmap:
    #Start the Synergy client for KVM switching
    	SYNERGYC=`gdmwhich synergyc`
    	if [ x$SYNERGYC != x ] ; then
    			$SYNERGYC servername
  2. Add the same to PreSession/Default before the setting of the background color.

That pretty much does it I think.  NB: Hardy Heron seems to have some performance issues and you may need to manually run it as root instead.


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