Synergy: For Multicomputer Users

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by amagalso, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. amagalso

    amagalso New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
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    Hello everyone! I'd like to share this cool open source software for those people who uses more than one computer at the same time. Its called 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. (Ideal for sysads, engineers and programmers). Its multi platform so you can use it whether your computer is a Mac, a Windows or a Linux. And best of all, its open source so its free. Here, have a go with this one

    For us Mac users, heres the UI for Synergy:

    #1 amagalso, Oct 30, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2007
  2. eyepon

    eyepon Member

    Oct 16, 2007
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    question: how about the command key? will ALT become CMD when you jump to mac from windows, and revert vice versa?

  3. rbenzon

    rbenzon Super
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    Feb 17, 2008
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    this kind of functionality, more popularly known as x11, has been "widely available" in unix computers since the early 90s. many of us, of course, weren't aware of it then because the mac os then was not derived from unix, unlike osx.

    it has its use, especially for net/sysadmins who need to manage a heterogenous and/or remote environment.

    for similar open source initiatives by apple, read not for the faint of heart. :)

    just the same, thanks for sharing!
  4. Shinrai

    Shinrai Guest

    I used synergy before and was quite irked it did not work as easily as it should. The other computer was not detected by my MacBook and vice versa, even after plugging in the IP address instead of the computer name.

    I've since switched to Teleport cause both of them are Macs now anyway (turned it into Mac OS from Windows, another story) and it works fine now.
  5. p.pipster

    p.pipster PhilMUG Addict Member

    Mar 3, 2008
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    Can somebody please point me (or create) a step-by-step guide on how to setup Synergy for mere mortals? My setup is a MacBook Pro and I'd like to use this to control a Windows XP desktop in a corporate environment. The guides I've found online are, well, too technical for somebody like me.

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