Running QuickSynergy On Ubuntu


Synergy is a great way to allow you to extend your keyboard and mouse across multiple computers - you can even share your clipboard between these computers! QuickSynergy provides the UI to allow you to quickly use Synergy. But I found it a little cumbersome to understand at first ... so here's the tip that helped me get it up and running quickly!

To paraphrase what SYnergy is, let's review the comments from their website:

Synergy lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk, and it's Free and Open Source. Just move your mouse off the edge of one computer's screen on to another. You can even share all of your clipboards. All you need is a network connection. Synergy is cross-platform (works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux).

When using QuickSyunergy, here are the steps required:

  1. Run Quicksynergy on host machine (the one with the mouse and keyboard you want to use)
  2. On the Host machine only. Enter the name of the client machine (the one without keyboard or mouse) in one of the directional boxes (In the client machine type "hostname" in a terminal if you don't know this)
  3. Run Quicksynergy on client machine.
  4. On the client machine only. Type the IP address of the Host machine in the Use tab. (To find your Host machine IP address type ifconfig in a terminal on the host machine -it should read something like: inet addr:
  5. Click the Execute button on the Host machine
  6. Click the Execute button on the client machine
  7. Move the mouse to the edge of the Host screen- it should now appear on the client screen

... and that should be it!

This worked for me on a Ubuntu Desktop/Laptop combination - how did it go for you? (Please share your comments below.)

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