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Phoenix and Minotaur to be renamed Firebird and Thunderbird

Monday April 14th, 2003

Asa Dotzler writes: "After months of discussion and further months of legal investigation, we're finally comfortable moving forward with new names. The new name for the Phoenix browser is 'Firebird'. The documentation and product strings will be updated soon. In addition to securing Firebird, we've also got the OK from those contributing legal resources to use the name 'Thunderbird' for a mail client. Hopefully this will be the end of naming legal issues for a while."


#109 Symetry (sp?) is nice, but...

by Starlyth

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 11:33 PM

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I like the symetry of FireBird and ThunderBird, however they are a bit too kitz for me. And the database FireBird project seems to be a bit perterbed (rightfully so). The success of open source depends on the support of other members of the open source community; this does not bode well. I know everyone would like to get this over with quickly, but perhaps a name submission competition (perhaps I missed that; all too likely)? As to creating an original name, we are in a lot of trouble, just look at the domain issue. And to add to an earlier comment, I think most of the people managing the project have english as their first language, so it's quite likely that english words are the first that come to mind. However the relation between the names could be valuable. Perhaps another combination such as Thor and Odin, or Anubus and Set, or..., there are a lot of possiblilities out there.