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Software alternative to KVM (Synergy)

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For the past little while I've been using a KVM (display, and mouse/keyboard) between two computers, my work machine (running xubuntu) and a gaming machine (running Windows 7). While this has worked, it's very annoying. I'm planning on upgrading my gaming box and I was hoping to find a different alternative to a KVM. I was thinking something like Synergy would work well, but I have some questions, and I'm hoping someone with knowledge on issues like this could chime in.

I'm currently using two displays but most Synergy uses I've seen had a dedicated display for each machine. I'm assuming one can use two displays with Synergy shared among both machines. Is this correct? Does using a software solution like Synergy introduce input lag? Since I'm using my second system for gaming any significant input lag would really be bothersome. My final question and my biggest concern is regarding sharing audio between the two systems. Nothing I've found so far has indicated that one can share the audio between computers with Synergy. Is it possible using software or would I need a hardware solution? I use my main work pc for all things audio and I'd like to have the output persistent between both systems (not simply binary, depending on the active system... if that makes sense). So I could be playing music on my work pc and the gaming machine would also output audio simultaneously through one component.
Edited by iamchel - 8/17/13 at 12:12pm
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I wanted to note that from what I understand the audio issue could be solved with a hardware mixer. Would another alternative be to connect the audio out from the gaming pc to the audio in on my work pc's sound card? I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to audio systems, so please pardon my ignorance.

Edit* I've found the answers myself. Synergy can't share displays, so a KVM or remoting are the only options, and for gaming remoting won't work very well. As for the audio problem; daisy chaining would work but the "host" would need constant power, so a mixer is probably the best option.
Edited by iamchel - 8/17/13 at 2:06pm
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