Software provides emulation on networked Windows-based PCs.

Press Release Summary:

X-Win32 v5.4.3 X terminal emulator features StarNetSSH connection module, which offers seamless integration of data encryption client with X server. Users that previously installed PuTTY SSH can edit and run existing PuTTY sessions. Support for Kerberos network authentication protocol helps secure integrity of user IDs on LANs and WANs. IPsmarts technology automatically re-configures REXEC or XDMCP session for new network IP address assigned to user's Windows PC.

Original Press Release:

StarNetSSH Leads List of Innovations Added to X-Win32

SUNNYVALE, CA -- AUGUST 13, 2003 - StarNet Communications Corp., a leading publisher of Windows-to-UNIX/Linux connectivity software, announced three industry-first innovations added in the latest release of X-Win32, the company's flagship X terminal emulator. "StarNetSSH" is the industry's first SSH client fully integrated with a PC X server. StarNetSSH also includes support for the Kerberos network authentication protocol. A new IPsmarts technology was added to automatically configure X Windows sessions for changing network IP addresses.

Derived from the popular open source PuTTY SSH, the StarNetSSH connection module offers a seamless integration of the data encryption client with the X server. StarNet recently received an Export License from the U.S. Department of Commerce to sell StarNetSSH in combination with X-Win32.

StarNetSSH sessions run 2-to-4 times faster than SSH solutions offered with other X servers. StarNetSSH allows users who previously installed PuTTY SSH to edit and run their existing PuTTY sessions. StarNet engineers made significant improvements to the PuTTY source code, including the ability to run multiple connections simultaneously.

Kerberos Support
StarNetSSH also includes support for Kerberos. In many industry sectors and branches of the government, the M.I.T.-developed Kerberos network authentication protocol is used to prevent login and passwords that are transmitted over a LAN or via Internet from being captured. The strong encryption used in Kerberos helps secure the integrity of user IDs on local and wide area networks.

Changing network IP addresses are one of the key frustrations encountered by X server users who have to re-configure their X windows sessions. IP addresses frequently change on networks protected by a network address translating firewall, which are common in home routers connected to DSL and cable modems. StarNet's new IPsmarts technology automatically re-configures an REXEC or XDMCP session for the new network IP address assigned to the user's Windows PC.

StarNet Chief Executive Officer Steven Schoch said the new features will further broaden the market for its X server software. "IPsmarts will make it easier for users to connect to servers when the external network IP address is not obvious, while StarNetSSH offers a dramatic performance improvement in transmitting sensitive enterprise data securely over the Internet. Increasing end-user productivity through higher performance and innovative features gives our customers a greater ability to deploy Linux and UNIX applications throughout their enterprises."

X-Win32 Version 5.4.3 can be downloaded from A free trial license is available from this page. StarNet also offers complementary use of a Sun Solaris and a Red Hat Linux server as part of its Online Tutorial service, which can be found at

About StarNet Communications (
Located in Silicon Valley, StarNet develops and markets PC X server software for networked PCs in multi-platform corporate, educational and government organizations. StarNet's line of X-Win32 PC X server products offer cost-effective, best-of-breed X terminal emulation solutions on networked Windows-based PCs and workstations. StarNet was founded in 1989 and has become one of the first companies to build its marketing and sales operations around the Internet.

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