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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."


#121 Re: Re: Re: Protecting Mozilla's Open Source Cred.

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 3:53 AM

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"Asa - are you trying to defend your incomprehensible action by throwing up a minor games project which came to life just 6 months ago? Are you going from bad to worse by arguing that two wrongs make a rignt? "

Did you miss my post one level above or was it just convenient to ignore it in favor of the less substantial one?

And the not so minor BBS project which has been around at least as long as 1999? And the Firebird Software Ltd gaming company that pre-dates all of the popular open source projects? It's not our intent to cause confusion or to see fences fall into a state of disrepair.

None of the projects or products that I listed (including the RDBMS) committed any "wrongs" and so there are not "two wrongs to make a right". There are more than a handful of Firebird software projects. There have been for many, many years, pre-dating both of our projects. None of them share the same space. If people aren't confused between a database and a bbs server, they shouldn't be confused between a web browser and a database system.

--Asa