Licensing Options

FastX Licensing Options

The FastX server includes the license server in the installation package. The license server is typically installed on the same server where FastX is installed. In cases where users connect to multiple servers, the license server can be installed on each server, or the user can set up the license server as a "central license server" which all the other FastX servers use.

All FastX customers will be provided with one of four types of license server activation codes:

FastX Professional License

This license is aimed at professional users: IT managers, server/network administrators and power users who either run more than one remote Linux desktop or connect to more than one server at the same time. The license allows up to 3 FastX sessions, which may be run on different hosts. Additional sessions (max 5) can be added at $35 per added session.

Concurrent User License

Each license in a concurrent pool of licenses offers the user the ability to run as many FastX sessions on a specific host as he wants. Each remote desktop or single Linux application run by a new user or on a new host will check out a new license from the license pool.

Site Licenses

Site licenses are the most flexible and affordable license option with a low annual subscription fee and all maintenance and support included.

Site licenses consist of a pool of concurrent sessions (remote desktops or single Linux applications) that can be shared by all users of the site. A site can be a single building or an entire company with operations in different locations. Administrators can set up multiple central license servers each providing the users served by that license server with virtually unlimited use of FastX. They can run multiple sessions, each connecting to one or more remote hosts.

Example of a 1000-session license pool:

The administrator manages FastX for a group of 300 engineers spread over 3 facilities. He sets up a license server in each location. Based on the number of users at each location, and an average of 3 active sessions per engineer, the administrators assigns 100 licenses to site A, 300 to site B, and 600 to site C.

Should one of the sites run out of license capcity, the administrator can request additional licenses from StarNet at NO INITIAL COST! The annual fee for the additional licenses is simply added to the next year's subscription fee.

FastX Home User License

This license is aimed at home users and hobbyists who want to connect remotely to the Linux desktop on their personal Linux server. The license allows a single fastX session to run, which may be a Linux desktop or an individual application (in rootless window mode).

X-Win32 Licensing Options

Node Locked Licenses

Node locked licenses are tied to the physical hardware of the PC where they are installed. Each machine activates one license. Once activated, node locked licenses can run independently and do not need a connection to a license server. The user can run as many sessions to as many remote machines as they have access. Licenses can be activated either automatically through the product itself, or manually through our website. Node locked licenses are supported on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10. Node locked licenses do not support installations on Windows/Citrix terminal servers.

Concurrent Licenses

Concurrent (floating) licenses require a X-Win32 License server to be installed on either a Windows or Linux server. This machine needs to always be available. A Fail-over license server option is available on request.

Here is an example of how a 10-user concurrent/floating license works:

  • A 10-user concurrent license is installed on the license server. Users point X-Win32 to the license server using the “Activate License” dialogue.
  • The first 10 users who connect to the license server are granted a license. Each of the 10 users can run as many as needed.
  • Licenses are consumed until the license server runs out of licenses. At that point the next user trying to connect will receive an 'all licenses in use' error.
  • The license is returned to the license pool when the user closes X-Win32.