Share a single keyboard and mouse across Windows and Mac OS X with Synergy

Synergy, an open-source utility, lets you control multiple machines with a single keyboard and mouse—even across different operating systems, like Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix.

Even in the era of virtualization, many IT pros (including myself) have a small army of computers sitting on, under, and around their desks. Controlling this menagerie usually requires multiple keyboards and mice or a KVM switch. But, that was before Synergy—an open-source utility that lets you control multiple machines (each with its own monitor) using a single keyboard and mouse. Even better, Synergy works across operating systems (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, and Linux/Unix).

Jeff Bakalar, Assistant Editor, demonstrated how to install and configure Synergy in a Insider Secrets video.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...