StarNet Communications said Wednesday that its X-Win32 software is the first PC-based X Server to support Intel-based Macs running Apple’s Boot Camp software. X-Win32 enables users to run Unix and Linux-based software using the X Window System — technology developed to manage windowed graphical user interfaces over a network.
Apple includes an X11 implementation which provides some of the same functionality, but StarNet said that Apple’s X11 software lacks a session configuration tool that would provide the ability to set up sessions to a remote host.
Boot Camp enables Intel-based Macs to dual-boot in either Mac OS X or Windows XP. When running Windows XP, the Mac is a true PC, running the Windows operating system and software the same way a PC-compatible computer does.
StarNet Vice President of Sales & Marketing Paul Swart explained that Tiger’s X11 software is mainly designed to run X11-based applications locally, not for remote X desktops or engineering software running from a remote mainframe. Boot Camp provides the ability for power users such as engineers who require more performance and reliability, he said.
“They can now move to the Apple platform without fear of losing their ability to connect to EDA, CAD and other applications that are either Windows based or run on remote Linux or Unix host systems,” said Swart.
StarNet also said that tests of several OpenGL-based X Windows applications running on a remote Red Hat Linux server showed frame rate improvements of up to four times on a 2GHz Core Duo iMac, compared to a Windows PC running with a 2GHz Pentium processor.
A single commercial license of X-Win32 costs $225.