XWinLogon vs. XWin32 and eXceed

XWin32 and eXceed are the leading Windows X Servers on the market today. Both of them are commercial software costing hundreds of dollars, sometimes almost as much as a new computer. XWin32 comes into the market as a cost effective Windows X Server used by many educational institutions. eXceed is a higher level package that provides few more advanced features, except its ability to allow control of multiple workstation installations from a single network location. This would be very advantageous to a large corporate network with hundreds of users, but very costly as well. XWinLogon was developed as an interface to pre-existing free software. The technology has existed for years, and only required a pretty interface and some packaging to make it available to end users. Below is a chart that further explores the features and advantages of each Windows X Server.

XWinLogon v1.0 vs. Starnet’s XWin32 v5.3 and Hummingbird eXceed v7.1

XWinLogon Starnet’s XWin32 Hummingbird eXceed
Commercial List Price $0.00 $225.00 $545.00
SSH Included Included $65.00
OpenGL Support Included Included $295.00
Phone & Email Support Search the Internet Included Additional Cost or Annual Fee
Licensing Open Source Closed Source Closed Source
Languages Supported English English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Installation Software Used NSIS (As good as Install Shield) Install Shield Install Shield
Supported Operating Systems Single SourceWindows 9x, Windows NT/2000/XP Single SourceWindows 9x, Windows NT/2000/XPCitrix Metaframe and Windows Terminal Server support

Windows 3x version available

Dual SourceWindows 9x, Windows NT/2000/XPCitrix Metaframe and Windows Terminal Server support

Windows 3x version available

Installation Options Typical Typical and Custom Personal or All Users
Typical, Custom, or Complete
Minimum/Maximum Space Required 22.1 meg 21 meg 110 meg
Reboot Required No No Depends on Options
Patch Application Complete re-installation Complete re-installation Hummingbird Live Update
SSH (Secure Shell) Yes Yes No (Available on Optional Package)
Access Control No Yes Yes
XAuth No Yes Yes
NIS (Network Information Services) No No Yes
User Credential in start up scripts No start-up scripts Hard Coded Selectable
3D (Open GL – GLX) Yes Yes No (Available at $120 premium)
Multiple X Displays Yes Yes Yes
Window Modes Single, Multiple, Multiple w/ external window manager Single, Multiple, Both Single, Multiple
Supported Color Depths I forgot to add this feature 1, 8, 24 1, 8, 12, 24
Root Window Depth unknown 8, 24 planes 24 planes
System Tray Capable Yes Yes Yes
Configuration Tool No Yes (X-Config) Yes (Xconfig)
Session Startup Tool Yes Yes Yes
Shortcut Creation No Yes Yes
Mouse Yes Yes Yes
Middle Wheel Yes Yes Yes
Toolbar No No Yes
Overlay UNIX and Windows Window Managers Yes Yes Yes
Multiple IP Addresses Yes Yes Yes (only with XDMCP)
Power Management No No Yes

Overall you can see that if you need certain specific features such as central management you may need XWin32 or eXceed. However, you can also see that for basic applications, XWin32 and eXceed do not offer substantial enough advantages to overcome the price and flexibility of XWinLogon. Just think about the training costs for example. Do you think that it would cost in excess of $200 per person to teach them how to use XWinLogon over XWin32 or eXceed? Not likely. Download XWinLogon and check it out for yourself. If you have any questions, look into our XWinLogon mailing list or contact me directly.

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