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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."


#111 Re: Why not "firebird" in another language - Hopi

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 11:42 PM

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All names are taken. Firebird was taken by a software company that makes video games nearly 20 years ago. It was taken by a company that makes financial (mortgage) software. it was taken by a BBS software community. It was taken by a shareware/freeware win32 NTP client. Were Firebird BBS people or the Firebird Software Ltd. people or the Firebird T-sync developers inflamed when the Phoenix database people renamed themselves to that "name already taken"?

--Asa