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I do most of my programming on my Ubuntu laptop, but there are times when I need to work on my Mac. I want to combine the two so that I am only working on my dual screen Mac, but I am able to edit the files on my laptop. I have many different programming projects that I want to work on. I want to be able to work on a project regardless of which computer I'm on.

I am open to many different solutions to this scenario.

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You could use a remote desktop program such as VNC to access the other machine.

If you want to integrate the two side by side, you may be interested in Synergy. You can hook one screen into the laptop, or just place the laptop beside one of the screens, and then connect them via the LAN.

Synergy is Free and Open Source Software that lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers, where each computer has its own display. No special hardware is required, all you need is a local area network. Synergy is supported on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen.

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+1 for diagram usage! – nbolton Jan 12 '10 at 6:01

Macfuse is a very useful thing in these situations... it lets you mount a filesystem for any system you have SSH access to, and then edit it from the Mac. I'm +1 on the previous answer too, because that may help more in your situation.

Also, remember that if you log in to the Ubuntu box over the network using ssh -X and then run some X app, it will display on your Mac. You did install the X server on the Mac, right? It's in the optional installs on your OS disc, or here:

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Don't forget you can also just SSH into your laptop and edit files with vim. No extra software installs required.

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