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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."


#129 Well said

by mesostinky

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 8:47 AM

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This move does not follow the "Good Neighbor Policy" that opensource projects use. People can point out as much as they want that legally this may be fine, but morally its not.

They should pick another name that is not also the name of a fellow opensource project. It doesn't even sound like they communicated with the Firebird database project before trying to do this, which pretty much shows they knew they were doing something wrong and just didn't want any problems.

IMO the line between software which browses the net and software which browses a database is NOT clear.