Laptop as terminal for Desktop
Within the confines of my own living area, is there a way I can use my laptop keyboard and touch pad to operate my desktop from any room in the house without resorting to use of a remote desktop application over the internet?
I ask this because my ideal computer setup would put all intelligence at (or in) my home office desktop including frequently used programs, data, cable box, video players and TV tuner(s) etc. I could then manage all computing (both productive and recreational) from any location in my home using a laptop as a remote/keyboard/mouse. I am retired and am thinking of learning linux as a hobby so its use for this purpose would be acceptable.