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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."


#141 Re: Re: Ahem

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:38 AM

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"if you cared to provide a link...."

<http://www.firebird.org.tw/Copyright.html> <http://www.manac.com.au/Prod/FireBird.html> <http://www.greatfreeware.…etworking_Tools/3894.html> <http://financialfirebird.…ortgage/services/tour.htm> <http://viracocha.sourceforge.net/fb.php> <http://www.planetnintendo…/arc_space-firebird.shtml> <http://www.andywhittaker.com/projects/FireBird.htm> <http://www.wurb.com/if/game/86> <http://www.if-legends.org…irebird_Software_Ltd.html>

That other software product Firebirds exist and that many of them pre-date either the Mozilla or RDBMS projects is not in doubt. The good news is that none of the others are web browsers and none are RDBMS so it's unlikely that they will be confused's with the Mozilla or RDBMS offerings.

I highy doubt that google didn't have a single Firebird software product hit when the RDBMS project picked its name. It is, however, quite likely that none of them were database related and so there wasn't a problem.

--Asa