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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."


#136 I have to join the chorus of criticism.

by rsidd120

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 9:47 AM

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I realize renaming the project yet again will be a major hassle for the mozilla people, but stealing another open source project's name is grossly unfair. How would *you* feel if phoenix hadn't been under dispute, but then some open-source database project had come along to name themselves phoenix?

I'm disappointed with the response from the mozilla/phoenix team so far. This sort of arrogance ("it's a different kind of software so there's no confusion" ) does not bode well for the opensource world. Besides the argument is bogus anyway: plenty of free operating systems, from the BSDs to sundry linux distributions to others, are likely to want to package both and the name conflict *will* lead to confusions.

In the interests of community spirit and goodwill, please change this decision.