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."

#138 All of this arguing is pretty pointless

by cgonyea

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:12 AM

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You know how many products and computer software share the same names? Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger are two software programs that come right to mind. They even do the same thing! Don't see Microsoft and Yahoo (among others that use the Messenger name) suing each other into oblivion or arguing about how the names are too similar. I could probably pull up many examples of software that isn't related but has the same name. When clearly labeled, what's the problem?

As long as the browser is always referred to as Mozilla Firebird and it is clear, what is the big deal? I don't see how anyone can confuse Mozilla Firebird with the database product named Firebird when the web browser is clearly labeled as Mozilla Firebird.