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Easy Keyboard & Mouse Sharing with QuickSynergy

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — at 6:30 am on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I’ve written before about using one computers keyboard and mouse across multiple computers by using x2vnc and x2x, there is however another tool called Synergy. I never really messed around with it because of x2x and x2vnc but it is a valuable tool worth mentioning. QuickSynergy is available in most repositories that is a handy little tool to get your computers set up using Synergy and as the name suggests; quickly. If you apt-yum-get-fu it it will install all your dependencies for you and make setup a breeze.

Take a look at the screenshots:
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My Linux Desktop Machine

Filed under: Linux Hardware — at 8:39 am on Saturday, November 24, 2007

Maybe its just me but I find it interesting to look at other peoples computer stuff so I’m going to take the time to write some blog posts about my hardware.

First in my lineup is my Desktop. This is by no means a new computer but runs very well.
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
Motherboard: MSI KT400
Memory: 512MB DDR 333
Hard Drive: 160GB Maxtor
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX5200
Ethernet: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere 10/100
Media Devices: CD-RW, Floppy, ATA133 Hard Drive Bay
Monitor: LG 19″ Flat Panel. DVI, VGA, 1280×1024. 4ms 1400:1
Keyboard/Mouse: Generic Staples $10 special and a unknown brand painted laser mouse.

Every device is supported by the 2.6 kernel and Linux runs very well on it. The motherboard uses a VIA chip set and a C-Media audio device. The CPU is
actually 1875.733 MHz with a 512KB cache. According to cat /proc/cpuinfo it has a bogomips rating of 3754.8

Now comes the sensitive part, my distro of choice. For some this is a sour topic but I’ll just say that it doesn’t really matter to me. I run windows on it before and most Linux distributions out perform it out of the box (after installing video drivers.) I choose to run Slackware 12 on it because of the simplicity. It took a little while to configure it how I like but it turned out pretty well. I use slackpkg to keep it current.

I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the setup some time.

Thats about all I have to say about my desktop, if you have any questions or would like any additional information just give me an e-mail at: owen @

A Windows Box, A Linux Box, Two Monitors Sharing One Keyboard and Mouse.

Filed under: Quick Linux Tutorials — at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

If you read my first 60 second tutorial on using one keyboard and mouse on multiple computers you would know that using two linux boxes with one keyboard and mouse is easy. This blog will show you how to do the same thing but with a Linux box and a Windows box.

So lets get started.

The program to use this time is actually a hack of the x2x program. It is called x2vnc and you guessed it, it connects an X keyboard and mouse to a VNC client.

On your Windows desktop download and install the RealVNC server from
Make sure that the vnc server is running (You should see a white icon in the tray.)
Find the ip of your Windows box (windows key + r > cmd > ipconfig)

At your linux box do the following:

Download, Compile and install x2vnc:

owen@linux-blog-lappy:~$ wget
owen@linux-blog-lappy:~$ tar xvzf x2vnc-1.7.2.tar.gz & cd x2vnc-1.7.2/
owen@linux-blog-lappy:~/x2vnc-1.7.2$ ./configure && make && sudo make_install

Launching x2vnc. Once installed The syntax for x2vnc is very simular to that of x2x.

x2vnc [options] host:display

It will either be North, South, East or West. If your windows box is on your right use east.

owen@linux-blog-lappy:~$ x2vnc -east 192.168.X.X:0

Thats all there is to it. You should be able to mouse over the right of your screen and see your mouse cursor on your windows box.

Two Screens, Two Linux Boxes – One Keyboard and Mouse

Filed under: General Linux,Quick Linux Tutorials — at 8:50 am on Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ever wished you could use your keyboard and mouse on another computer? In this article I will show you how.
To read it it should take about 60 seconds. In this time I’ll show you how to use one keyboard and mouse on two Linux machines. I’ll cover how to use the same keyboard and mouse on a Linux and Windows machine in another article.

Ready? Lets go!

First Decide which keyboard and mouse you want to use across multiple monitors on different machines and sit at that computer. The program needed to get this to work is called x2x.
As of this writing the stable version is 1.27

Download the stable version from


Extract The Source code

tar xvzf x2x-1.27.tar.gz

Compile x2x

./configure && make && make install

If x2x compiled without any errors you should be good to run the program.
On the computer you want to use your primary keyboard and mouse on do the following:
Find out your IP

/sbin/ifconfig ethX

Run xhost to allow clients to connect to your display:

xhost +

Going back to your original computer decide which side of the monitor you want your mouse to jump to the other computer on. It will either be North, South, East or West. If your second linux box is on your left like mine, it will be west.
Now lets get the two computers connected with the same keyboard and mouse:

x2x 192.168.X.X:0.0 -west

Thats all there is to it. You should be able to mouse over the right of your screen and see your mouse cursor on the other computer.

Low cost PC’s in China. Is Linux about?

Filed under: General Linux — at 11:56 pm on Monday, August 6, 2007

I was listing to NPR late yesterday evening on my way home from work. There was an interesting tech talk going on about computer manufacturers in China. Notably Dell and Lenovo (IBM). They are both offering PC’s for around $199. The Dell ships with Windows, but I am unclear on what the Lenovo ships with. Since the dirt cheap Dell ships with a monitor, keyboard & mouse but its competitor the Lenovo desktop only ships with a keyboard & mouse. A television is used for the monitor. It makes me wonder what OS the Lenovo is running.

Apparently the Lenovo shipped in April. There are rumors that Microsoft, one of Lenovos partners has been cooperating with the company to deploy Linux machines. Microsoft pushing Linux in China? Thats a interesting concept, but in my opinion there is nothing wrong with it. It does make me wonder if even Microsoft has come to the conclusion that the cost of Windows is too high.

There is a huge market for low end PC’s in China the NPR radio show reported. With 800 million potential customers who wouldn’t attempt to make a profit if given the chance? What better way to maximize profit then to use an operating system with a such a low cost to maintain? Given the potential customers are mostly rural farmers that earn only $600 a year its possible that they could still afford a computer if they saved up for a while. The show also went into say that the computer could be a powerful tool for the farmers. I agree with this in that they would be better able to predict when to buy and sell produce. They could check the weather to make sure that grounds are soft for planting crops the next day.

The low end computers would be a good asset to own. I am proud of the Linux operating system if the rumors are true. I wish the best to Lenovo and Dell and hope they are successful in their business in China.