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An IE-Based Tabbed Browser from China

timothy posted more than 8 years ago | from the adversity-breeds-strength dept.

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wannabgeek writes "CNET reports that a new browser, Maxthon is gaining wide popularity in China. 14 percent of Chinese websurfers have used it ... Part of the reason, it has features that help in circumventing the Chinese government censors. CNET says it was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year, and is slowly gaining foothold in Europe as well as the U.S."

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Wait until PETA hears about *this*... (4, Funny)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584452)

"CNET reports that a new browser, Maxthon is gaining wide popularity in China. 14 percent of Chinese websurfers have used it ... Part of the reason, it has features that help in circumventing the Shinese government censors. CNET says it was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year, and is slowly gaining foothold in Europe as well as the U.S."

First, women slaving away making iPods. Now, they've got trained dogs [dogbreedinfo.com] doing their network censorship. This could have an impact on Shinese-American relations.

Where will it end?

Perhaps China will start using Slashdot editors to proofread the English versions of official propaganda for spelling and grammar! That's almost like trained dogs!

Re:Wait until PETA hears about *this*... (1, Funny)

TheGreek (2403) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584464)

Where will it end?
In the alley where you're found bludgeoned to death.

Re:Wait until PETA hears about *this*... (0, Troll)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584564)

Is timothy drunk today or something? We've got that crazy "VOiP users probably use Firefox" submission, and now we've got Shinese censorship from a browser that's not new at all (Maxthon has been around for quite a while).

Re:Wait until PETA hears about *this*... (5, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584663)

Perhaps China will start using Slashdot editors to proofread the English versions of official propaganda for spelling and grammar! That's almost like trained dogs!

OTOH, there is a major difference; you can probably train dogs to actually catch such errors...

Re:Wait until PETA hears about *this*... (1)

Excelsior (164338) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585065)

Perhaps China will start using Slashdot editors to proofread the English versions of official propaganda for spelling and grammar! That's almost like trained dogs!

Come on, show a little respect for dogs.

Thank God! (1)

GonzoTech (613147) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584453)

The people need protection from both the Chinese and the Shinese... Glad to see someone is finally helping these folks!

Shinese? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584454)

SHINESE? Oh please... come on, at least try a little bit.

Shinese? (-1, Redundant)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584459)

Who the hell are they? ;-)

Re:Shinese? (1)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584830)

Although I cannot be certain, I can guess from 'Shinese' that it could be some sort of cleaning product, maybe its Mr Sheens Aunty?

IE Based, huh? (3, Funny)

Goblez (928516) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584460)

So that means that the goverment can exploit it to add censoring? Won't that be a switch from what we're used to?

them pesky dogs (1, Informative)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584465)

Apperently the Shinese dog breed have taken over the government of China [dogbreedinfo.com] Hopefully they will be kind to their previous masters.

Re:them pesky dogs (5, Funny)

Devil's BSD (562630) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584474)

I for one (as a Chinese person) welcome our new Shinese puppy overlords...

Re:them pesky dogs (2, Funny)

Cheapy (809643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584746)

They'd probably run the country better too...

Re:them pesky dogs (1)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585028)

Apperently the Shinese dog breed have taken over the government of China Hopefully they will be kind to their previous masters.
(Score:2, Informative)

Hmmm. :)

Grathiath (2, Funny)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584466)

If all you have to do is lisp to avoid Chinese government censors to connect Chinese people to the rest of the planet, then Spain is going to take over the world again.

Re:Grathiath (1)

Jnfields (916755) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584607)

lol! So that is so Wrong...or should I say Wong?

FSF to the Rescue (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585036)

Hey, Stallman can Lisp.

It's an addon and hardly new (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584472)



This is old stuff. Popular in commie land.

Re:It's an addon and hardly new (3, Insightful)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584504)

Very True. It used to be called MyIE, and was renamed. It's an add-on for Internet Explorer, and has Asian language support front and center. That's why it's so popular in China. First thing it asks when you start the install is what language you want to use.

It's not too bad, except that it's pretty cluttered, and it's still MSIE.

It can also use Gecko (2, Informative)

Zarel (900479) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584837)

It used to be called MyIE2, not MyIE. It also has the ability to use Gecko (the Firefox rendering engine), too. I'm surprised no one's brought that up yet.

So what, it's windows only... (-1, Troll)

eneville (745111) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584477)

There's no linux version, unless I missed something, if that's the case, mod this down. Otherwise, does anyone have it working in wine?

Re:So what, it's windows only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584510)

You're right. Support for 95% of the market doesn't mean shit if important little you can't run it on your platform of choice.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584608)

"You're right. Support for 95% of the market"

Market share != installed base.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (0, Flamebait)

eneville (745111) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584680)

> You're right. Support for 95% of the market doesn't
> mean shit if important little you can't run it on
> your platform of choice.

95% of the readers don't care about your post.
95% of users don't care what the internet runs in.
4.5% of the world does care.

I don't think this article means shit to the readers to be
honest.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584964)

I don't think this article means shit to the readers to be honest.

Untill you consider the great firewall of "shina", spam, & INTERNET FUCKING EXPLORER !

Sorry, Lewis Black moment.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584522)

There's no linux version, unless I missed something, if that's the case, mod this down. Otherwise, does anyone have it working in wine?

You should be modded down as redundant anyway, because the title of the story begins "An IE-Based" [...] which makes it quite fucking clear that it's Windows-only, since IE/mac is gone, gone, gone.

If linux users want to run it, they can do it in vmware on a pirated copy of windows like everyone else.*

*Actually, I only run Windows 98 in my vmware right now, and I actually have a license for it... but this is a statistical anomaly.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1)

eneville (745111) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584550)

I saw the IE part, but just because it uses the IE renderer does not mean that it requires the IE executable, just like Opera...

Re:So what, it's windows only... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584620)

You're an idiot.

With that out of the way, Opera doesn't use any part of IE at all. Hell, it barely even uses Windows libraries, since the UI is built using Qt.

Opera uses as much IE as Firefox uses IE: practically none. (Practically because some people might consider opening downloaded files in the Windows shell to be part of IE - namely Microsoft lawyers when trying to prove that IE is a core part of Windows.)

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584612)

Actually, I only run Windows 98 in my vmware right now, and I actually have a license for it... but this is a statistical anomaly.

Sheesh, everybody's got a plethora of surplus windows licenses lying around, we can't buy PCs without them.

Err, did you mean you actually have a license for vmware? Now that would be funny...

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584650)

Nah, I meant a windows 98 license. The sticker is on the bottom of my stinkpad. I'm awfully glad I never got a vmware license, since it's free now...

Re:So what, it's windows only... (2, Informative)

bunions (970377) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584621)

just for completeness: http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/index-en.html [tatanka.com.br] Explore all your internets from loonix. Works pretty well, except tooltips show up as fully-decorated windows.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584638)

That's way cool, thank you for linking it here. I happen to have windows in a vmware on my linux, and you can install multiple IEs on Windows, so I don't particularly need it, but it's cool anyway.

Re:So what, it's windows only... (3, Insightful)

ranolen (581431) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584535)

You do know that there is more to the computer world then linux. Windows has a perfectly fine place here.

SILENCE HERETIC! (1)

bunions (970377) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584701)

WE CAST THEE OUT!

Re:So what, it's windows only... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584537)

Let's see, the ARTICLE TITLE says "An IE-based Tabbed Browser".

We've gone from RTFArticle to RTFSummary and finally we need RTFTitle.

It's based on Internet Explorer. Which is part of Windows. And, therefore, no, there is no Linux port as there is no Linux port of Internet Explorer.

RTFT.

Drunk? (0, Offtopic)

dwandy (907337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584480)

Wath timmmothy drunk when he wrote thith?

Re:Drunk? (1)

cloudkiller (877302) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584514)

This is /., he probably had spent too much time on newegg.

Engrish? (5, Funny)

thoughtlover (83833) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584488)

"...features that help in circumventing the Shinese government censors."

Hrm. It almost sounds like one of our Engrish-reading friends submitted this story from behind the Great Firewall of Shina.

Raccoon Slashdotter (3, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584489)

Ooh... Shinese!

New browser? (5, Informative)

transwarp (900569) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584498)

Maxthon hasn't been new for a long time. In fact, the only thing in the article I hadn't heard a million times already was that it's made by a Chinese company. And this "parallels" feature they're working on--sounds like MDI.

Re:New browser? (3, Informative)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584525)

Amen, tagged this 'oldnews' as soon as I saw it. I remember seeing this browser at least a year ago. I'm pretty sure they just use the IE ActiveX control; from there, you can pretty much do anything. Tags would seem (on first glance, without doing any research) to be pretty trivial to implement.

Re:New browser? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584983)

Tags would seem (on first glance, without doing any research) to be pretty trivial to implement.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you're in management.

Re:New browser? (1)

m85476585 (884822) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584584)

I used to use Maxthon back when it was called MyIE2. I don't remember exactly when, but it was probably early 2004. It was almost better than Firefox, and the only reason I switched to FF was to get rid of IE. This will make it very hard for Firefox to take hold in China.

Re:New browser? (2, Interesting)

Incoherent07 (695470) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584712)

I actually in some ways preferred Maxthon's interface to Firefox's, at least out of the box, but I could never get the Gecko support working, so I switched as well.

Re:New browser? (4, Informative)

kukyfrope (889948) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584771)

I use Maxathon on my computers with tiny amounts of RAM, like my old 866mhz 128mb machine that runs WindowsXP. I've got a minimalistic install of WindowsXP on it and use it for only browsing the web. Firefox was too slow on that machine with how many tabs I like to open up, yet with Maxathon I had open 30 tabs and in task manager, it was only using about 15-20mb of RAM.

The main pitfalls of the app are it's still based on IE so the DOM Firefox support isn't there, and while Maxathon has an "AdBlock" like feature, Firefox's is cleaner and collapses the page where graphics previously were, while Maxathon keeps the ad space open and blank. And it still isn't great about handling file opening (torrent especially).

Overall it's a great little browser and on old machines I can live with its few features I wish worked differently in exchange for super low memory usage.

A new browser? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584499)

Maxthon's been around for years. It used to be called MyIE.

Re:A new browser? (4, Funny)

m85476585 (884822) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584606)

It was actually called MyIE2, and why was that modded funny?

Re:A new browser? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15585116)

Because we don't meta moderate these guys enough. ;-)

Re:A new browser? (2, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585078)

Yes, it was simply renamed.

And the copyright notice on the website is from 1999, which sounds about right to me.

CNET has been smoking something good in this case.

CNET: all the news that's fit to subjugate (2, Insightful)

pelican66 (962862) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584502)

Why doesn't CNET just come out and give the Chinese government the IP addresses of every Chinese websurfer using Maxthon? Better yet, the company's in Beijing - why not just throw a street address up there? Of course, if the web is censored in China, then the censors aren't reading unfiltered CNET in English, are they? Naaaaaah!

Re:CNET: all the news that's fit to subjugate (1)

TheBogie (941620) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584705)

You're absolutely right. What's next on CNET, an article about which car battery inflicts the most pain when connected to someone's nuts? CNET, Yahoo, and Google need to stop helping the chinese oppress their citizens!

Shape & Color? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584509)

"Browsers are very much like a car," said Jacobsson. "Most people don't care what engine is inside, (they) choose which type fits, with the right shape and color."

Yes, I use Opera because it's round & red.

Re:Shape & Color? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584842)

Yes, I use Opera because it's round & red.

Funny... that's the same reason I use your mom. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Shape & Color? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584869)

That's certainly why I drive a Hummer H3 with a Black and Decker rechargeable cordless screwdriver for a motor!

Maxthon, Not New (4, Informative)

Webz (210489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584515)

Maxthon isn't all that new. Long time users know it as MyIE2.

If you've ever wondered what a browser with an IE-engine and tabs that didn't suck is like, try Maxthon. It's really lightweight.

For development purposes and sometimes just pure speed (IE feels faster than Firefox sometimes), I keep a copy on my machines alone Firefox.

Re:Maxthon, Not New (3, Insightful)

DeafByBeheading (881815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584613)

wondered what a browser with an IE-engine... that didn't suck is like

Mod parent oxymoronic.

And no, I'm not trolling. Most of IE's problems are due to its engine.

Re:Maxthon, Not New (5, Insightful)

RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584938)

Mod parent oxymoronic.

And no, I'm not trolling. Most of IE's problems are due to its engine.


While it's true that third-party browsers using Trident are vulnerable to the same security flaws as IE (and, of course, share the same CSS and other rendering bugs), there are a number of flaws in IE that are corrected by third-party browsers.

Because third-party browsers don't support IE toolbars, they aren't as affected by spyware. Third-party browsers generally have search boxes, tabs, and other features that IE lack.

And, quite frankly, saying that IE "sucks" ignores the reality of the situation.

From a developer's perspective, IE "sucks" because it means that I have to bend over backwards to support IE's broken CSS implementation (although, to be honest, the CSS standard sucks in many ways anyway). But even if IE stopped "sucking" in this regard tomorrow, it wouldn't make a bit of difference to me - as a user, IE's crappy CSS support doesn't really affect me (because developers work around it), and as a developer, I'm still going to have to develop for IE6 because it will represent a significant portion of my users for years to come.

But from a user's perspective, IE isn't really that bad. From a security perspective, it's subpar, but IE has greatly improved in that regard since SP2. Users neither know nor care whether their browser has decent CSS2 support.

Re:Maxthon, Not New (1)

RoyGBatty (984246) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584704)

IE feels faster than Firefox sometimes

I've noticed this too. But chicken or egg? Is it because more sites are optimized for IE than Firefox, perhaps?

Re:Maxthon, Not New (1)

Webz (210489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584783)

In my experience as a web developer, unless we're talking about high-end, intensive, cutting edge dynamic content, rarely ever are sites optimized for one browser or another. And usually, certain features are a path of exclusivity, so optimized really isn't the word. IE supports these visual filters, this that and the other, and Mozilla supports some xyz new CSS attributes. Whatever.

Notice how this browser looks a lot like IE7? (1)

GonzoTech (613147) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584519)

Notice how this browser looks a lot like IE7?

Has anyone tried introducing any other other NUMEROUS options of web browsers to this country? Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, etc, etc...

Re:Notice how this browser looks a lot like IE7? (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584557)

Most likely because it is based on IE would be my assumption.

Fun With Statistics (4, Interesting)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584544)


From TFA:

According to Maxthon research, about 14 percent of the Chinese Web population has used the browser and 17 percent employs it for Web search.
So...3 percent of the Chinese Web population employs the Maxthon browser for Web search without having used it?

Re:Fun With Statistics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584639)

No, it just means that 14 percent of the Chinese Web population has 'used' (at some point) the broswer, and 17 percent 'use' (now) it as a web searcher.

Re:Fun With Statistics (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584777)

no, I think it means 17% out of the 14% that use it.

Ok guys, get over it. (2, Interesting)

DoctorDyna (828525) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584556)

You are all falling over yourselves comically to point out the fact that sombody said "shinese". It's not that funny.

Out of all you wonderfully articulate people, nobody has anything interesting to say? I think this kinda squashes a huge mis conception that most of the Slashdot community seems to have, that is only people who don't know any better want anything to do with IE. Obviously, these people who created this aren't newbs.

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584720)

"Out of all you wonderfully articulate people, nobody has anything interesting to say?"

Sure. You spelled misconception incorrectly :)

Come on. Incorrect spelling and grammar are some of the finer points of Slashdot. You could change it from "News for Nerds" to "Fifth Grade Proofreading Test" without much trouble.

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584724)

You are all falling over yourselves comically to point out the fact that sombody said "shinese".....Out of all you wonderfully articulate people, nobody has anything interesting to say?

You must be a new Shinese person here.

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584848)

I think this kinda squashes a huge mis conception that most of the Slashdot community seems to have, that is only people who don't know any better want anything to do with IE. Obviously, these people who created this aren't newbs.

They aren't newbs, but that doesn't mean they're not wrong.

Their browser skin fixes many of the minor problems with IE, like its lack of tabs and adblocking, but it leaves in all its major problems, like its inability to handle the basic level 1 CSS standard that everyone else got their heads around last century.

At this point, it's a lost cause. Firefox, Opera, and IE 7 between them have left Maxthon (nee MyIE) redundant. Of course its creators aren't just going to abandon all their hard work, so doubtless it will continue to lurch along for a few years yet. But that, again, does not make it worth using.

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (1)

Khammurabi (962376) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584919)

You are all falling over yourselves comically to point out the fact that sombody said "shinese". It's not that funny.
Okay, but does this mean that it's actually called the "Great Wall of Shiny"?

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584926)

You are all falling over yourselves comically to point out the fact that sombody said "shinese".

I don't think anybody cares that somebody who probably doesn't speak English as their native language mixed up "sh" and "ch".

I think the real problem people have is that somebody who does speak English as their native language, and who is paid to correct errors like these, is seemingly entirely incompetent, either in doing his job, or in spotting glaringly obvious errors in his native language. Is he lazy or is he stupid?

Re:Ok guys, get over it. (1)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584930)

Obviously, these people who created this aren't newbs.
I'm not saying that these people are noobs, but have you ever used the IE ActiveX control? It is trivially simple to throw together a web browser using it, and Visual Basic.

Having never used their product though, I can't really comment on the level of sophistication that it has though.

Microsoft will fix it (0, Troll)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584563)

Next update of Windows will prevent it (the browser) from running. No worries.

Re:Microsoft will fix it (1)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584587)

Microsoft make the IE engine extremely integration friendly, why on Earth would they want to prevent people from using their web engine?

There probably isn't an engine as easy to integrate into your application as IE, although there is a drop in compatible Mozilla/Gecko ActiveX control.

Re:Microsoft will fix it (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584691)

Microsoft make the IE engine extremely integration friendly, why on Earth would they want to prevent people from using their web engine?
To prevent the Chinese from being free and read what they want, of course! Anyway, I saw a funny Slashdot comment [slashdot.org] , recently. ;-)

It's been known to be safer than IE (2, Informative)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584568)

On occasion the authors of Maxthon have hacked in third party protection against zero day exploits. I can't be arsed finding the reference, but I thought i'd mention it since this is such an uninteresting news post.

In Communist China.... (2, Funny)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584574)

Browser tabs YOU!

Re:In Communist China.... (3, Funny)

mfaras (979322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584789)

In communist china, search engines search YOU!

--
Don't nail me to your cross, buy a new King Size cross from Vatican Technologies(tm)

Re:In Communist China.... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584831)

If the title would have been,
... IE Tabbed Browser ...
Read "eye tabbed browser"
Instead of,
... IE-Based tabbed browser ...

That would have been funny.

Re:In Communist China.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15585023)

No, no -- in communist China, browser keeps tabs on you!

hard to tell.... (1)

Churla (936633) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584593)

Hard to tell from the fact that most of the developers aren't using their actual names. But it looks to me like this might be being developed a substantial amount of work from behind the great firewall.

In which case be ready for it, or it's contributors, to vanish if/when it actually starts showing up as a means of bypassing that nations security. The Chinese who run things there are not the laughable Team America Kim Jong-il-esque style of villans. They're smart people. I mean look, they got Google to bend to their will...

Re:hard to tell.... (1)

HaMMeReD3 (891549) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585073)

For the record, kim jong-il isn't chinese, he's north korean, and in team america, that wasn't a puppet, that was really him.

Lets remember that not all asians are shinese.

Also, on the fact of google, china didnt leave uch of a choice, either blacklisted or censored. I'm sure google is not gonna give up a significant percentage of the worlds population just to be the "good guy" and fight censorship.

USED it? (4, Interesting)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584597)

14 percent of Chinese websurfers have used it
have used it? I've used countless softwares in the past, but the ones that I continue to use is only a fraction of that. Just because a Chinese websurfer have used it once does not mean they thought it was a good software and continued to use it. IMO some more evidence should be provided before saying this internet browser it is "gaining wide popularity in China"

Don't All Browser have Proxy Options? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584609)

I don't understand what this browser has that makes it so good for using proxies? Can someone please explain?

The poor man's IE7 (1)

helmutvs (912204) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584649)

This sounds like IE 7. Only this one is built on top of the previous IE, so it's less secure than 7. Plus, it's missing a whole lot of features that 7 has. But hey, at least it's free, right?

Re:The poor man's IE7 (1)

vecctor (935163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584770)

The key thing to remember is it came long before IE7. In fact, considering IE7 isn't actually out, this is still the case.

It brought tabbed browsing and all the other modern browser features to the IE engine. This is a big win if you are forced to use IE renderin for various things (as ./ers will be well aware of).

Once you get it configured the way you like it, its nice to use.

Re:The poor man's IE7 (2, Informative)

n101 (984349) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584795)

It works fine with the IE7 core too, so it's as security as IE is. Most (if not all) features that IE7 has will be added to Maxthon 2.0, which will probably be out before IE7.

Why??? (0)

illtron (722358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584652)

Is this like being different for the sake of being different? If it's based on IE, it's still garbage. Use Firefox or Opera. If you really want IE with tabs, just use the IE Tab Firefox extension and set it to work for every page. That way you get a shitty rendering engine AND good karma.

Re:Why??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584952)

Karma based on which piece of software you use? Jesus, buddy... get some perspective.

This isn't new... (2, Informative)

Mark LeMunyon (977994) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584659)

Maxthon is not new, and it's not a browser iteself. Its just a shell for IE.

TorPack? (3, Interesting)

aymanh (892834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584662)

Maxthon, a browser made by a tiny Beijing company of the same name, has attracted millions of users in China for functionality that can funnel traffic through a Web proxy and circumvent government controls on information in search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Baidu.com and other popular sites or Internet service providers in that country.
Neither the article nor Maxthon's feature list [maxthon.com] go into the details of how this feature is implemented, does it simply provide a list of open proxy and an easy way to switch to one of them? Or is it something more sophisticated? Anyone tried this feature?

I wonder if Chinese users are aware of TorPack [nyud.net] , it is Tor + portable Firefox + some extensions. Being Firefox-based, it can benefit from the wide range of extensions available, and is arguably more secure.

Wow... (1, Funny)

dep01 (730107) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584702)

That's great and all, aside from the fact that it's built upon Internet Explorer.

Maxthon Access ? (2, Interesting)

Brit_in_the_USA (936704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584706)

I see on the Maxthon web site a related product called "Maxthon Access". Does anyone have any addtional information /reviews about this product?
It looks like it offers "PC Anywhere" features, but the Maxthin browser is a required component (?).
Has anyone used it and could comment?
Is it safe / secure?
Any (known) spyware / back doors to it?

Re:Maxthon Access ? (1)

yjchung (801385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584813)

It's a Maxthon branded Avvenu service. http://avvenu.com/ [avvenu.com]
Basically allows access to your files via a browser interface.

Maxthon can use Gecko as well? (5, Informative)

aymanh (892834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584708)

It looks like Maxthon isn't entirely IE-based, its Wikipedia entry [wikipedia.org] suggests that it can use the Gecko engine as well (which is the same rendering engine used by Firefox):
Maxthon (formerly MyIE2) (pronounced "max-ton") is a freeware browser. It uses Trident, the same layout engine used by Internet Explorer as its default layout engine, but can use the Gecko technology used in Mozilla Firefox as well.

You know what is sad (2, Interesting)

fullphaser (939696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584739)

Is that a third party browser like that could gain such a sizable market share in china that quickly, granted its still IE but they are seeking out browsers none the less. Whats that say about the US & internationally, which still reports firefox and other 3rd party browsers at no more than 10% according to some studies (I can't remember the link right now)
Hey mabye China has got something right?

Repeat after me. (0, Flamebait)

Chas (5144) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584802)

It is still IE.

Spiffy skinjobs on the browser are nice and all, but they've been done before [crazybrowser.com] . The fact is, you're STILL running the fugly IE6 engine underneath, with all it's nasties and security issues.

NO EFFING THANK YOU!

avant browser (3, Interesting)

toirdnim (559346) | more than 8 years ago | (#15584809)

Avant Browser is another tabbed browser based on the IE engine. I prefer firefox for most of my browsing, but I use avant when I have to load up my company's intranet site, which breaks in firefox.

Finally, someone one understands IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15584860)

and has found a good use for its poor security. Instead of infecting the user's PC, why not use its flaws to ignore government censorship?

How ironic (2, Funny)

j1mc (912703) | more than 8 years ago | (#15585074)

Wait, so this shelled version of IE exploits security holes??
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