using synergy

Sameer Verma sverma at
Fri Oct 10 12:04:51 EDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 10:32 AM, 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!
>    - Ed

Hi Ed,

I am impressed that you are making an effort for getting familiar with
the XO as a *user*. Before you get offended at my comment, let me
point out that it isn't uncommon (especially in IT) for people to sell
something that they themselves haven't used :-)

It take a bit of adaptation to use the XO, but it works for most
things. Most importantly though, it gives one a real view of things as
opposed to second hand opinions.

The marketing bit in public places goes well, although you
occasionally have to look at the stares around you and initiate the
conversation. :-) In Jamaica, we made information slips for onlookers
and curious bystanders. A short elevator (or commuter) pitch and an
info slip does the trick!

There's also talk about doing minimoo cards for G1G1 this year...

Jamaica info slip:
Minimoo cards:

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

> 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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