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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."


#110 Re: CONFUSION increased!

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 11:36 PM

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"So we have now two famous Open Source projects: FireBird and FireBird. Nice to add confusion, well done! >:-< Is it so difficult to choose a not taken name?"

Make that three open source projects (at least). Don't forget the Firebird BBS project. Looks like they've been around for a while. And don't leave off the freeware/shareware projects like Firebird T-Sync (NTP client for win32). Oh, and don't forget about the other commercial applications and organizations like the Firebird Mortgate Application or Firebird Software Ltd.

What do all these products and organizations have in commone? They all (and probably many others) share the name Firebird and they are all computer software applications. What do they not share in common? None are making the same _type_ of software application.

--Asa