iLIVEx emulator brings Firefox, Flash to iPad

StarNet Communications has announced iLIVEx 1.1, touted as a fast, secure and fault-tolerant X server for the Apple iPad that comes pre-configured to display the Firefox web browser full screen. The iLIVEx/Firefox combination enables the famously Flash-bereft iPad to display websites with Flash video.

iLIVEx 1.1 sells for US $14.99 in the App Store, and will be demonstrated this week at the SuperComputing 2010 trade show in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“iLIVEx enables anyone to use Linux applications like Firefox and OpenOffice without training,” says StarNet Vice President of Sales & Marketing Paul Swart, “A majority of iLIVEx users want to run Firefox to view flash video on their iPad. Now we made that a one-step operation."

Firefox is installed on StarNet’s iLIVEx application server where iLIVEx users have a free account that is included with the purchase of the app. Users can simply connect to the iLIVEx host and select the Firefox option. Moments later, the web browser displays full screen on
the iPad, enabling users to view Websites that use Flash video.

Alternatively, users can connect to corporate and other Linux and Unix servers on which they have an account. Besides Firefox, iLIVEx can bring up a full remote Linux desktop and
run multiple applications such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation. “iLIVEx turns the iPad into a low-cost X terminal, enabling users to work productively from anywhere,” Swart explains.

iLIVEx is an X11 PC X server that turns iPads into x terminals for Unix and Linux workstations, mainframes and supercomputers. iLIVEx uses an ultra-thin data transfer protocol allowing for LAN-like performance, even over 3G connections. Connections run over securely encrypted SSH tunnels and built-in session persistence ensures users can reconnect to their remote applications should the iPad get disconnected, turned off or the user temporarily switches to another iPad app. Users can also switch their remote desktops seamlessly between iPads, Windows, Linux and Macintosh PCs.

Key iLIVEx features include:
• Viewing Flash – With Firefox, iLIVEx enables iPad users to work with flash-based web sites and applications.
• Multitasking – iLIVEx users can work on multiple office applications (word processor, presentation, email, spreadsheet, etc.) simultaneously, even copy and paste data between them.
• Persistency/Fault Tolerance – Users can reconnect to their remote Linux/Unix desktop at any time, even after the iPad has disconnected from the network. No work is lost due to a disconnect and applications continue to process data on the remote host while iLIVEx is not
connected to the host.
• Desktop Switching – Users can seamlessly switch their remote desktops between iPads, Windows, Linux and Macintosh PCs using StarNet's desktop LIVE client applications. A six-month trial licence for the desktop apps is also included with iLIVEx.