Using my iMac as a second display for my Macbook

Hello. I was just wondering if it is possible to use my G5 (early 2008) iMac as a secondary display for my Macbook (late 2009) using a mini Dvi cable?
Can anybody help?

Use ScreenRecycler and a network connection.

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