Virtual secondary screen on another screen

Giles Orr gilesorr-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Mon Nov 30 16:21:12 UTC 2009

2009/11/30 Jon VanAlten <vanaltj-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at>:
> I might not understand your setup, but this sounds like the scenario
> where I would use something like synergy.
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Tyler Aviss <tjaviss-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
>> Just sharing a neat combination:
>> x0vncserver running on a secondary machine (which is beside my main laptop).
>> x2vnc running on my laptop.
>> The second screen is then accessible by scrolling my mouse off to the
>> right of my main desktop, just as if I had an extended desktop with
>> two monitors connected to the same machine (of course things run
>> separately on machine two).
>> Anyhow, just thought I'd share as it's quite a bit more useful in some
>> cases than regular VNC or X-over-SSH (such as not taking up extra
>> space with a  X/VNC window on my *main* desktop).

I used x2vnc (and ssh) for years to use one mouse and keyboard across
two screens, one running from a Windows 98 (and later XP) box, the
other running Linux.  Worked really well.  But for most applications,
synergy does seem to have replaced that combination (although you
still need to throw ssh into the mix if you want it to be secure).

I really wish it were easier to figure out how to do stuff like this:
but first you have to formulate the question ("I want to run two
computers on two screens with two different OSes with one mouse and
keyboard" - and you'd have to believe it's possible before even
putting voice to the question), then you have to know how to search
(Google is your friend most of the time, but when you don't know the
name of the program you're going to end up using it can be a tough
search), and then you have to pray the online documentation is good
(ah, the open source documentation crapshoot ...).

All this to say I appreciate hints like this on this list - it makes
me think about the possibilities.  For example, Daniel's explorations
into ffmpeg and webcams is going to be really useful to me very
shortly.  In this case I already knew about x2vnc and synergy, but I
bet someone's going to be pleased to read about them.

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