Friday, February 26, 2010

Usability Matters: synergy2

Synergy2 is the newest addition to my server fail list. Despite its relatively short configuration file, it is filled with ways to screw up the configuration. Most times I have set it up I have made use of --debug on both the client and server, with a twist of tcpdump here and there. Having this many gotchas and necessitating that I reread an entire server and client man page and tutorial to get it working is unacceptable and I give a big fat thumbs up to would be competition (what happened to you Mango Lassi?).

Synergy2 is in good company however. There are plenty of other services I feel are inappropriately difficult to coerce into doing relatively simple things - I'm lookin' at you apache, sendmail, and procmail.