I see Desk Tops.
From left to right: Linux, Mac, Keyboard & Mouse, Windows (Saitek joystick just off-camera to the right).
So what, you’re wondering? So what? It’s what you’re not seeing that matters, thanks to this awesome little application: Synergy.
Each monitor is plugged into a different computer, but Synergy allows me to use one mouse/keyboard to control all three – it even copies Clipboard data – from links in emails to pictures or even entire file, across a local network connection. Switching screens is as simple as moving the mouse.
Actually, I have Krenn to thank for discovering this: I’d skimmed Hack Attack’s review and misunderstood, thinking it was a software KVM switch. But no, it’s really a KM (keyboard & mouse) server that lets each system run its own physical display but use a single, central, keyboard/mouse to control all of them.
According to their FAQ they are planning to incorporate some VNC type functionality so that you can plug an extra monitor into one PC to which a remote desktop can be promoted from a distant, headless server.
My only wish is the ability to drag windows between displays like Parallels on the wire.
It’s a little twitchy playing the game on a secondary box, and that was the one area that a little config hacking was required, but not to bad in the end.