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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."


#155 Re: Re: Re: Protecting Mozilla's Open Source Cred.

by rsidd120

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 4:17 PM

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ITYM reasons not to use Firebird as a name. But in fact Asa's responses have given me reasons not to use firebird as a browser.

It's very nice software, but konqueror (my primary browser on my laptop) is getting pretty good too, and the KDE people know to play nice with other open source projects.

Asa couldn't have not known of firebird the database (if you type "firebird" into the phoenix/firebird URLbar, that's what pops up), and he knows about all these other firebird software projects too. To knowingly steal that name was evil.