StarNet X-Win32 ver. 8.0.2190s | Win32 | Size: 29,42 Mb
Whether you are designing an advanced IC, analyzing a string of human DNA, accessing an Oracle database, or configuring your enterprise networking server from home, X-Win32 allows you to quickly, easily and securely connect your Windows computer to any Solaris, HP/UX, AIX or Linux system.
X-Win32 Version 8 is a completely new PC X server, combining the best features of past releases with a completely new code base and many new features. In the process we also cleaned house and eliminated features that are no longer required. See all of the features added in Version 5x through 7x here. Below is a summary of the many improvements added in version 8:
Many performance improvements have been made to make X-Win32 more usable on slow network connections and to lower the amount of network bandwidth consumed by the X11 graphics drawing operations. Some specific improvements are:
* Minimizing and restoring windows in Multiple window mode is instantaneous and does not cause any network traffic.
* Dragging another window on top of an X-Win32 window (in Multiple window mode) does not cause any network traffic or delay due to redrawing of the X-Win32 window.
* Closing menus in X-Win32 windows does not cause the application to redraw itself, so it is instantaneous and does not cause much network traffic.
* Internet Protocol version 6 is now supported.
* IPv6 addresses/hostnames may be used for:
o StarNetSSH, rexec, rsh, and Xdmcp sessions.
o The Display Address Override field on the Network form of X-Config
o X Font Server addresses on X-Config's Font form
* The Display Address - Automatic mode sets the correct IPv6 address in the
@DISPLAY@ and @MYIP@ command variables for use in your sessions
* Greatly improved stability (StarNetSSH was responsible for a large portion of crashes in 7.1 and earlier)
* Support for Keyboard Interactive (SSH2) and Challenge Response (SSH1) authentication mechanisms - Used for both password authentication (and for changing your password), as well as secure key authentication systems
* Continued support for Kerberos authentication when the MIT Kerberos for Windows product is installed
* Modularized to allow the offloading of encryption and compression processing to an additional CPU, a hyper threaded CPU, or a dual core CPU - Can provide greatly improved performance compared to 7.1 and earlier on certain systems
* Compression is enabled by default
* X11 forwarding now correctly uses Xauth cookies to minimize authentication problems
* Ability to specify an alternate port number for the SSH server right on the session editing form
* In the unlikely event of a crash in StarNetSSH, only the affected session's application will exit; X-Win32 will continue running other StarNetSSH, and other, sessions that are open
* Features StarNet's own SSH technology layer, which makes it easier for us to fix reported problems and to provide tighter integration with the rest of the product (as opposed to using PuTTY)
X-Win32 now supports a record 28 languages and will automatically install and run in the language for which the PC is set. The following languages are supported:
Afrikaans (af), Arabic (ar), Chinese - Simplified (zh_CN), Chinese - Traditional (zh_TW), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Dutch (nl), English (US), Finnish (fi), French (fr), German (de), Greek (el), Hebrew, Hungarian (hu), Italian (it), Japanese (ja), Korean (ko), Norwegian (no), Polish (pl), Portuguese (pt), Russian (ru), Slovak (sk), Spanish (es), Swedish (sv), Thai (th), Turkish (tr), Ukranian, Vietnamese.
All Session Types
* Added the Automatic display address mode, which sets @MYIP@ to the local address that was used to contact the remote machine - This eliminates the need to constantly select a different display address in X-Config, resulting in fewer session connection problems.
* Changed session command variables to use the @variable@ syntax instead of $variable - This makes it easier to run remote commands that access the $DISPLAY environment variable (the session command variable is now called @DISPLAY@); for example set $DISPLAY=@DISPLAY@ ; echo "My display is $DISPLAY"
* Added connection status dialogs with graphics to show the progression of
the connection, plus a log window to show warnings and errors specific to
that connection - This makes it much easier to diagnose session connection
problems and to see output from the remote command
* Broadcast sessions feature an entirely new chooser window that provides better feedback on how many responses have been collected.
* XDMCP sessions now start only in Single window mode. Accidentally starting XDMCP sessions in Multiple window mode caused various support issues, such as an inability to type.
Graphics Display Improvements
* RENDER extension has been added - Provides smooth graphics and text for remote applications that support it.
* All new technology layer that is not susceptible to the same problems as the old technology layer (e.g. context menus coming up with black text on a black background).
* OpenGL performance has improved
Input (Keyboard and Mouse) Improvements
* XKEYBOARD extension has been added
* Increased automatic detection and support for non-US English keyboards
* Screen Shots (Copy From Rectangle/Window)
* The Screen Shot tool has been completely reimplemented
o No longer constrained to copying just X-Win32 windows
o Can copy from a Rectangle, from a selected Window, or the entire Screen
o Shows a preview of the image before further processing
o Allows the image to be saved as a PNG (up to 10 times smaller than a BMP), copied to the clipboard, or printed
* All settings and sessions are now stored in human readable (and programmatically modifiable) XML files, instead of the Windows registry. Long in demand from users, this makes it easier to copy settings from one machine to another, or to modify settings in a large deployment with automated tools.
* Hovering the mouse pointer over a session on the Sessions form shows a Tool Tip with the session settings.
* New Icon View has been added that opens each settings form in its own window; Tabbed View is still available
* Tabbed View now has an icon on each tab to help visually identify the category.
* X-Config forms are now all resizable, preventing frustrating problems when the forms were too small at high resolution.
* The position and size of each window is remembered, allowing a more custom feel.
* The Xauth cookie can now be saved to a file, offering tighter security for local X11 applications or remote applications being started with rexec/rsh (if you save the file on a shared drive).
* X-Config's Security form is easier to understand - Previously, when the Xhost list was empty it meant that all X11 applications would be allowed to connect if the Access Control mechanism was turned off; now, you must explicitly select Allow all host addresses for this to happen, in addition, you can completely disable this mechanism by selecting Only allow these host addresses and not adding any hosts to the list (in this case, the list will show a single entry that says No hosts allowed)
* The Network form renames the Proxy display address option to Override to indicate that this feature applies to more than just cases where a NAT or proxy system is in use (e.g. when you want to manually specify one of several addresses that your machine is using)
* The Network form shows the TCP Port that corresponds to the Base Display Number to provide better information for you when opening ports in your firewall (although we recommend that you instead use StarNetSSH and leave your firewall fully enabled).
* The Allow by Prompt security mechanism (formerly Access Control) no longer freezes the processing of other applications under X-Win32 while the prompt is displayed - This eliminates problems when a long job was started under X-Win32, then a spurious connection attempt was made, causing the long job to stop processing until the Access Control dialog was dismissed (this lead to a big disappointment on Monday morning when a user returned to the office to find that the long job was not finished).
* We have added graphics throughout the program to illustrate what is happening and to help distinguish between different options.
* Each session type (e.g. Xdmcp Broadcast/Query/Indirect, StarNetSSH, Rexec, and Rsh) now has its own icon to help distinguish between sessions in X-Config and in X-Win32's system tray menu.