StarNet Communications

StarNet Communications Corporation was founded in 1989 and incorporated in 1990 by engineers working part-time out of their home.  Our corporate mission was to create and market powerful, yet affordable PC-X server products for corporate, education and government markets.

The first X Server product, MicroX, was launched in 1991. It enabled users of 286 and 386-based Intel systems to access the X Window System from their personal computers.  Being self-financed, we lacked the resources for traditional sales and marketing operations. So the founders decided to utilize the Internet for delivering the product and providing tech support for its customers.  Quite possibly, StarNet was the first company to base its entire business model on the Internet, because in 1991, the Internet was mostly used by universities and government agencies. As a result, and aided by its low cost, simplicity and focus on the X server functionality, X-Win32 quickly became popular in these sectors.

In the late 1990s, we actively sought to broaden our share of the corporate sector, which was then dominated by half a dozen solutions costing two to four times as much, and typically offering a suite of solutions, most of them non-X server related (FTP, NFS, terminal emulation, etc.).  As the enterprise market shifted towards more focused solutions, many firms found X-Win32 nicely fit their needs and budgets. Today, X-Win32 remains as one of three leading commercial PC X server solutions along with Hummingbird Exceed and Attachmate’s Reflection X.


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