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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."


#143 Re: Naming the Firebird DBMS

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:56 AM

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"The Firebird database system was never called Phoenix. "

OK, maybe I'm mistaken. I've seen several mentions of Phoenix in relation to the RDBMS. It even appears in some URLs related to the project. Slashdot also reported (one year ago yesterday) "A lot has happened since Borland open sourced their Interbase database. Borland has since come out with a new closed source version of Interbase, forcing the Phoenix group to fork the codebase, calling their new database Firebird." I guess I was confused about product and group or project names.

--Asa