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."

#140 Exactly!

by pbreit

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:38 AM

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So why do they have to use cheesy, meaningless names like T-Bird and F-Bird? "Messenger" is OK because it's common and descriptive and not a trade name. Why doesn't Mozilla do the same? What do all these random code names mean anyway? Why can't Mozilla ever develop "Mozilla Browser" and "Mozilla Mail"?? Jeepers!