[GRLUG] what's the opposite of a KVM?

john-thomas richards jtr at jrichards.org
Mon Feb 15 14:01:39 EST 2010

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 01:44:57PM -0500, Steve Romanow wrote:
> On 2/15/2010 1:41 PM, Michael Mol wrote:
> >
> >With the exception of the display, it's easy enough to accomplish by
> >just plugging in a second keyboard and mouse. That's what I have going
> >on in my home-theater setup at home.
> >
> >As for the display, I have each display show up as a different screen.
> >(The TV is at :0.1, the desk is :0.0)  If you enable xinerama, both
> >displays become part of :0.0, which has conveniences as far as
> >dragging windows around. (I don't use it that way, though, because it
> >breaks vdpau, which I need for hardware-accelerated h264 decoding.)
> >
> I like Mikes thinking.  If your laptop doesnt have the hardware,
> this <http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=usb+video+card&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=13793920276800844395&ei=tJV5S8HIDciAnQfw85HHCQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB8Q8wIwAA#ps-sellers>
> may help.

Hmm...from StarTech.com:

• Broad operating system support: Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2
(32bit/64bit) and Windows Vista (32bit/64bit)

Heh.  "We support both kinds of Windows...old AND new!"

Anyone have any Linux experience with this?  As in, does it work with
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