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Use a software-only keyboard/mouse 'switchbox'
Authored by: grossman on Feb 18, '04 12:54:35PM

Wow, both of these apps are so cool! Teleport is ultra-simple to set up, and osx2x looks powerful, although harder to configure. I have been looking for a solution to this for a long time. Thanks! What I really do want, though, is a way to use the monitor on the second computer as a 2nd monitor for the main computer, while still letting the "slave computer" run (as a webserver, etc.). It doesn't seem like anybody has solved that problem yet.



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Use a software-only keyboard/mouse 'switchbox'
Authored by: srsr on Feb 18, '04 01:10:40PM

The only way that could work which comes to my mind is with X11.
On the master machine you can create two different X displays (:0 and :1 for example). You import :1 now on the slave machine and use x2x to share the mouse between both. However that would not allow a true Dual-Screen setup because just moving a window between these two screens should not be possible. Another drawback is that remote-X can be slow via network, sometimes even Fast Ethernet. On the other hand all applications would run on the master machine and with it's speed, sound, and whatever.

Another solution with X11 would be to run a native X server on the slave and import only some X-Applications from the master via ssh -X forward.
That's the way I use this feature at my workplace sometimes.

As far as I know Aqua and the Windows-GUI are not designed for network transparency and portability (contrary to X11) and thus even VNC can not deliver that service.



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