Effective method of 'connecting' two X servers ...

Jonathan Stewart jonathan at kc8onw.net
Tue Jul 24 11:09:53 UTC 2007

Alexander Leidinger wrote:
> Quoting "Marc G. Fournier" <scrappy at freebsd.org> (from Mon, 23 Jul 2007
> 02:36:25 -0300):
>> Since it appears I'm going to have to wait for proper nVidia driver 
>> support for
>> amd64, I'm goign to attach my second monitor to my other machine, and
>> start X
>> on it ... but, what is the cleanest method of connecting the two so 
>> that I can
>> use keyboard/mouse from my main screen on the second one?
>> I used to have a Windows box as second screen (laptop), and used x2vnc
>> to go
>> from screen-to-screen, allowing me to cut-n-paste, etc ... so I'd like
>> to do
>> something like that, except from FreeBSD-to-FreeBSD, getting the 
>> laptop out of
>> the mix :)
> At work I use synergy to connect a Solaris and a Windows box. AFAIK it's
> available in the ports too. This way you could even use the 2 screens +
> your laptop...
> The setup is straight forward, and it recovers from connection losses.

I'll second Synergy. I've used it between BSD and Windows and there is a
port for Mac as well.  It's a tiny bit confusing to set up at first but
for me it works flawlessly once you get it set up right.


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