By pengyang on Aug 20, 2007
When I talked with some guys here in China about open source, most of the time the first question raised will be how open source can make money. Here is a good example on how open source browsers make money from Google. And the interview with Mitchell Baker shows that the profit comes from different search engine companies, also from some companies like IBM, Sun etc.
That's a little bit off the topic. Let's roll back. Actually the main point I read about is that Google takes partial ownership of Maxthon(an old news though). It seems that Maxthon isn't so popular in some other western countries. But it's really hot in China. It has the same browser engine as IE, so no web compatibility issue for the online banks and some non-standard websites. It has some similar features with Firefox: tab browsing, Advertisement + Popup blocker, Mouse gestures etc. I know it's a small set of Firefox extensions. However, to install the extensions and use them aren't an easy task for the users here even without the language barrier.
Then could we provide a Firefox download version with extensions bundled? Could we customize Firefox to be a browser that can align with the Chinese users' habit?
China is a big market for computer industry. About ten years ago, I didn't have my own computer and didn't know about internet. And now, it's necessary to have a laptop and network connection for me. The internet moves fast here. It'll go even faster in the future.