Synergy 2.0 is out now, but you don’t have to spend the $40, if you don’t need the extra features, even if you use Linux Mint. If you’ve noticed the Software Manager in Linux Mint only gives you access to Synergy 1.6. As you may expect, installing Synergy 1.8.8 on Linux Mint is a little tricky.
Installing Synergy on Linux Mint
What’s wrong with using the Synergy 1.6?
For starters, it doesn’t play nicely with Synergy 1.8.8, especially if you have already activated it.
The process becomes even more difficult, because the version of Synergy 1.8.8 found on GitHub requires Openssl:i386, something that’s just not going to happen if you’re running 64-bit Linux Mint.
So, what’s the solution?
Installing Synergy on Linux Mint is surprisingly easy, once you realize that sources for the software exist outside of GitHub.
Option 1: Installing Synergy on Linux Mint from Brahma World
Visit Brahma World and then you’ll have the option to download a variety of packages, including a 64-bit model for Ubuntu/Debian.
This solution works well, but it’s not the one I prefer.
Option 2: Installing Synergy on Linux Mint with 3rd Party Repository
The Brahma World packages are fine. However, they don’t give you the convenience that comes with updates via the Linux Mint Software Manger.
In this case, installing Synergy on Linux Mint requires just a couple command-line entries in your terminal window.
wget -q -O – http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add –
sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb apps” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list’
The following command will install Synergy 1.8.8:
sudo apt get install synergy
Why do I get SSL errors with Synergy 1.8.8?
It just so happens that the “free” Synergy 1.8.8 (as in “the kind you just downloaded from GitHub or Brahma World) doesn’t come with SSL enabled.
This means that your keystrokes and mouse movements are open for perusal by anyone with a sniffer.
To get around this, you’re going to need to “Activate” Synergy.
This is going to be difficult, because the folks at Symless are selling version 2.0 right now.
First, open the “Activate Synergy” dialog.
Next, visit the Synergy Serial key generator at C++ Shell.
Generate your Serial key and then paste it into the “Activate Synergy” window.
HINT: You can use this same key on either your Synergy client or Synergy server machine, regardless of operating system.
You can get the background on this solution by visiting MrLithium’s blog. There, read a post called “Synergy and Serial Number Activation Key for SSL security – Reverse Engineering the source code (easy)”
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