using synergy

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at
Wed Oct 8 13:59:51 EDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 7:32 PM, Ed McNierney <ed at> wrote:
> Paul -
> Thanks very much for this help.  I've been wanting to be a "real user" of my
> XO more and this all helps me get pointed in the right direction.  I'm also
> hoping the two hours I spend each day working on my XO on the commuter train
> will be a tiny little marketing pitch prior to G1G1 Day on November 17!

I know you've been working on Fedora-on-XO lately, so I'd like to know
if you are using Gnome, Sugar or both.

In case you are using Sugar, I'm sure you'll have useful ideas about
how to improve usability.



> On 10/8/08 12:41 PM, "Paul Fox" <pgf at> wrote:
>> as a follow-on to my "use your XO more" thread, here's a useful
>> way of sharing your "main" system's keyboard and mouse (including
>> copy and paste) with your XO, in a fairly natural way.  these
>> instructions assume a linux desktop machine, but you can do this
>> with a mac or windows as well.  see
>> (caveat:  i haven't used this very much, but it sure seems promising.)
>>    1) on both your desktop, and your XO, install "synergy":
>> "yum install synergy" and/or "apt-get install synergy"
>>    1a) on the XO, edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and comment out this
>>       line in the Extensions session, in order to enable the XTEST
>>       extension:
>>          #Option  "XTEST" "Disable" # Mostly a debugging tool
>>       after doing this, restart X with ctrl-alt-erase.
>>    2) on _both_ systems, create the following configuration file.
>>       you can use the following text verbatim in both places --
>>       the names are placeholders:
>> $ cat $HOME/.synergy.conf
>> section: screens
>>      my_desktop:
>>      my_xo:
>> end
>> section: links
>>      my_desktop:
>>  right = my_xo
>>      my_xo:
>>  left = my_desktop
>> end
>>    3) from the XO, create a synergy tunnel from the XO to your
>>       desktop.  this avoids DNS issues, and avoids needing to
>>       tinker with your desktop's firewall:
>>       $ ssh -f -N -L 24800:localhost:24800 <real-name-of-your-desktop>
>>    4) on the desktop, start the synergy server:
>>       $ synergys -n my_desktop
>>    5) on the XO, start the synergy client.  the command connects
>>       to the server at "localhost", which causes the ssh tunnel
>>       to be used.
>>       $ synergyc -n my_xo localhost
>> now, when you move your desktop machine's mouse off of the right
>> edge of your screen, control will switch to the XO screen.  i see
>> latency when using the mouse, but it's not too bad.  (note that
>> the touchpad or mouse that's local to the XO still functions, so
>> you can use synergy just to export your keyboard and cut/paste
>> buffers.)
>> paul
>> =---------------------
>>  paul fox, pgf at
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