Synergy (the software KVM)

June 20, 2006 at 4:45 am Leave a comment

synergy allows users to use a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple computers. it supports platforms running on *nix, mac OS X and all versions of windows. it’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s) and not ‘headless’ units (for this you need a terminal server).

all the computers on your desktop form a single virtual screen. you use the mouse and keyboard of only one of the computers while you use all of the monitors on all of the computers. you tell synergy how many screens you have and their positions relative to one another. synergy then detects when the mouse moves off the edge of a screen and jumps it instantly to the neighboring screen. the keyboard works normally on each screen; input goes to whichever screen has the cursor.

synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems and OSes. it can also synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and and if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all. Learn more about how it works.

best of all, synergy is freely available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

perked you interest? then go grab it at the official website here.


Entry filed under: IT stuff.

Err…excuse me, you can’t plug it there, that’s not a power point, that’s my PC… Portable Applications (back to the old DOS days)

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