Dual Screen Ubuntu – Windows XP with Synergy

21 10 2008

Truly, i cannot believe i had missed this piece of software up until a few weeks ago.
Here’s the description from the official page:

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).

Says it all, and was exactly what i was looking for.

Synergy works with a client server architecture. The box that i mainly use, runs Ubuntu 8.04, and i will be using this one as a server. The other machine, that i want to share the input devices with , is my laptop, that i will be booting into Windows XP. This one will be the server.
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Dual Screen for Dell Latitude on Hardy Heron

4 07 2008

Few days back i refound in the office this Dell Latitude laptop (with a german keyboard layout) that
we simply were not using in a while. It was running XP and not too well either.

So wanting to make some use of it for some mobile task i decided to wipe it an place 8.04 on it.

The installation went fine. Actually even a US Robotics Wireless PCI card was working right out of the box. Following the true Ubuntu spirit.

The only thing i was unable to do from the GUIs was configuring the 2nd screen.
Then let’s attempt another approach .

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