X-Win32 v8 Offers Improvements in X Windows Connectivity
Designed to take access to remote X Windows applications to a new level of performance and productivity, StarNet Communications of Sunnyvale announces the release of X-Win32 Version 8. This next-generation PC X server offers high performance and stability when running applications on remote Linux and Unix servers from the Windows desktop. Key among the many improvements in Version 8 is a new code base that offers unprecedented performance improvements over current generation technology. Combined with a new high-speed Window Manager, users can manipulate multiple X Windows applications running on remote Linux and UNIX servers as smoothly as if the applications were running locally on their Windows computers.
Among the many improvements in Version 8 are:
- Performance Improvements: X-Win32 is more usable on slow network connections and blazingly fast on LANs while reducing the amount of network bandwidth consumed by the X11 graphics drawing operations. Actions such as moving windows around on the desktop and alt-tabbing between graphics-rich X windows is instantaneous.
- IPv6: Internet Protocol version 6 is now supported.
- StarNetSSH Sessions now offer greatly improved stability over previous means of connecting Windows and Unix/Linux hosts over an encrypted tunnel.
- StarNetSSH now supports Keyboard Interactive (SSH2) and Challenge Response (SSH1) authentication mechanisms.
- Languages: X-Win32 now supports a record 29 languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
- XDMCP Broadcast sessions now start only in Single Window Mode, eliminating the problems users experienced when accidentally starting XDMCP in Multiple Window Mode.
- The new RENDER extension has been added which provides smooth graphics and text for remote applications that support it.
- Improved keyboard support with the addition of the XKEYBOARD extension. And Version 8 has automatic keyboard detection for all non-US-English keyboards, eliminating the need for customers to manually configure their keyboards.
- Screen Shot Capturing. X-Win32 can now easily copy both text and graphics with a Screen Capture tool that works for both X11 and Windows applications. Users can capture a portion of an X window, the entire window or the entire screen and copy the images to Windows applications, or save them as PNG files.
- Version 8 uses an XML-based X-Config session configuration tool that makes it easy to edit sessions and save them to files. Past versions used the problematic system registry.
- Completely new user interface. All throughout Version 8, graphics icons and other images help the user understand what is going on in making connections to remote hosts and to help them configure their sessions.
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