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November 16, 2009

StarNet releases X Server for Macintosh platform

Allows users to display desktops and applications running on remote Unix and Linux servers

By CBR Staff Writer

StarNet Communications has released MacLIVE, a X11 terminal application for the Apple Macintosh platform offering persistent and secure connections to remote Unix and Linux host computers.

According to StarNet, by combining Mac’s X11 application with its LIVE connection technology, MacLIVE server allows users to display desktops and applications running on remote Unix and Linux servers onto their Macintosh computer. An integrated Secure Shell encryption engine allows MacLIVE to display X applications over slow internet connections at an enhanced speed.

The company said that the MacLIVE introduces the LIVE X connections to the Mac platform. LIVE X connections protect users from losing their remote sessions should the Mac get disconnected due to a power or network interruption. The LIVE Server component keeps the sessions running on the remote host while the workstation is disconnected.

The LIVE server is compatible with Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms, Mac users can suspend remote X sessions from their Mac and resume them on either another Macintosh or Windows or Linux workstation. In addition, MacLIVE server allows users to collaborate with other Macintosh, Windows and Linux users by utilising the session sharing feature of MacLIVE, the company said.

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Steven Schoch, co-founder and chief executive officer of StarNet, said: “MacLIVE completes our effort to make our LIVE connection technology available on all major workstation platforms. Remote access to Unix and Linux applications has never been this portable, fast and secure.

“We have seen a significant migration from Windows workstations to Macintosh and Linux workstations. Our LIVE technology nicely bridges these major user platforms so users can work more productively in mixed platform environments.”

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