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Old 10-08-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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two laptop dual screen environment

So I have two laptops; one a reasonably modern one, and the other a 400mhz machine. Both are pretty sleek and portable...

How hard would it be to use both screens for a dual headed environment?

The only thing I can think of so far would be some creative usage of remote control software like VNC, and maybe have the desktop area span outside the normal screen dimensions somehows...

Any ideas?
Old 10-09-2008, 12:53 AM   #2
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hmm, not sure why you would do this since X11 over network is relatively laggy, but you COULD simply use x-forwarding via ssh (ssh -X hostname, at a terminal prompt then run a gui app) however you coudnt move the mouse from one screen to another, there might be some software out there to do something like that but it seems impractical compared to just setting them side by side and using them as separate machines simultaneously.
Old 10-09-2008, 10:55 AM   #3
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Maybe if I set up X to have a second 'video card' using the dummy driver, and give it a screen; then just use vnc or something like that...

X11 forwarding over ssh would be really practical, and more useful.
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Or, you could try a combination of things. Use the ssh -X option listed above to get programs controlled by the faster computer, but use Synergy on both machines (good as host, 400mhz as client) to share the mouse & keyboard between the two across the network. There'd be no sharing of windows, but even without the ssh -X, it's somewhat closer to dual screen. I use it between my laptop & desktop a lot to have 3 monitors going.
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