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MozillaZine Coverage of the Firebird Naming Conflict

mozilla.org had a browser called Phoenix. Phoenix Technologies had a browser called FirstWare Connect. Phoenix Technologies asked mozilla.org to rename their Phoenix, citing trademark infringement. mozilla.org agreed. After several months (and several hundred suggestions), the new name was announced as Firebird.

And that's the end of it right? Er, no. It seems that there's an open-source database also called Firebird and they didn't take too well to Phoenix's new name. Here's what happened next, as it was reported at the time.

Phoenix and Minotaur to be renamed Firebird and Thunderbird
The announcement that started it all...
Reports on Phoenix/Minotaur Renaming Focus on Firebird Database Protest
The attack begins...
IBPhoenix Calls For More Focussed and Courteous Protest Campaign
Change in tatics...
Neowin.net Reports on Firebird Name Debate
No, we weren't hacked...
Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed
Speaking with the enemy...
Firebird Poll Ignites Flames of Passion
And you thought the 2000 US presidential election was controversial...
Mozilla Branding Strategy Clarifies Naming of Mozilla Projects and Products
Not at all related to the naming dispute. Honest.
Further Updates on Firebird Naming Debate
Enter Jonathan Walther...
Firebird Database Project Admin Apologises to mozilla.org for Mailbombing
Didn't mean to cause any harm...
Firebird Database Project Issues New Statement on Naming Debate
'Firebird' bad, 'Mozilla Firebird' good...
Mitchell Baker on the Firebird Naming Dispute
Chief Lizard Wrangler gets down to some wrangling...
Christopher Blizzard of mozilla.org Speaks on the Firebird Naming Conflict
Media bias, the lizard speaks, Walther loses it altogether.

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