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."

#127 why to argue?

by BigSerpent

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 8:22 AM

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Dear Asa

Is it really necessary to compromise the Open Source idea with some Microsof-like actions?

Does the advantage of the well-sound name cost the disadvantages from stealing this name from your brothers-in-arms from the OS camp? At least the fact that Firebird SQL developers and users are confused with this action must make Mozilla managers to decide choosing another name. Do not think on layer's point of view, think on the conflicts of names, people, programs...

Firebird is recognized now as free open source RDBMS, which intends to spread it's usage and popularity because of it's unique to the OS DB market abilities. Despite of MySQL it is free for commercial applications. It has transactions at the core engine level, rich trigger and SP language, it is records versioning SQL server, it supports SQL-99, it runs on different platforms as Win, Linux... Are you going to interfere with it's evolution?

Is it too difficult to choose other than Firebird name for Mozilla browser for now?