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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."


#142 Re: Re: Ahem

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:46 AM

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"Fine with the word Mozilla. Get that other word out of the name and everyone's happy. Why insisting on using a name which a) is badly chosen b) users don't like c) steals the name of another open source project? It escapes me."

There's no theft here any more than the Firebird RDBMS using a name that was already in widespread use (even within the software industry, and even in use in open source projects) when they picked it. Firebird is not at all uncommon. Google turns up thousands of hits on the word, the overwhelming majority are not the RDBMS and many of them are software projects. Where's your concern for the open source bbs project that had the name first? But I don't think there's anything wrong with the RDBMS using a name that was already in widespread use because they were the first database system to use the name and it wasn't hard to distinguish it from the other products and projects already using it.

--Asa