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Old 05-31-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Best way to share peripherals and sound between windows and linux computer?


I used to dual-boot windows to play games I couldn't play on WINE(but dread having to actually USE the windows environment,) but one day I picked up a laptop on clearance and have barely used it at all.

I decided to hook up the laptop to my monitors and install Linux on it, and just windows on my desktop so I can flick between them on my monitor without having to reboot at all. This is great because I can save time from having to reboot, easily access my SUSE(which I love), and I can just put my power-hungry desktop to sleep anytime I'm not playing games to save on power.

But I have an issue of having to replug my USB keyboard/mouse and my audio(non-USB) every time I switch, I'm probably going to buy hardware switches for them but before I spend money and because it would still be a little annoying having to flick so many switches every time I want to switch between them,
is there a good way to share USB peripherals and audio between Linux and Windows across multiple computers?
I apologize if this doesn't belong here.

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Old 06-01-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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use a KVM Switch (keyboard video monitor)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817107417

there are many other kinds, this is one example.
 
Old 06-01-2013, 01:13 AM   #3
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use a KVM Switch (keyboard video monitor)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817107417

there are many other kinds, this is one example.
Oh wow, I didn't even know they existed like that.
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