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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."


#180 Re: Re: Re: Re: Why start name-confusing between os-pr

by Ded

Thursday April 17th, 2003 4:44 AM

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Oliver, what do you name "childish attack"? Our appearance at Mozilla forums asking to don't use the name of our widely used RDBMS? We have'nt enough money to start court examination and want to use our very limited funds for more useful purposes. And we think such a question can be discussed and solved within Open Source family on unofficial basis. Our attempt to show Mozilla Admins that it is not caprice of one or two squabblers by publicing e-mails of them (taken from Mozilla site) to give users of our RDBMS easy way to express their opinion? It was made because of disregard of attempts of contact from our Admins. BTW, personally I consider Asa's arguments as reasonable too and don't think he or other Mozilla Admins wanted to hurt our project. But I have many users who I consult by phone and e-mail and want to avoid wrong answers to my questions "Do you have Firebird started?", "In which directory did you installed Firebird?", "What is your Firebird client software version?" etc for the rest of my life. I must say I feel a great respect to Mozilla Admins since they started poll yesterday, it is honest attempt to evaluate public opinion in more civilized way than our attempt to attract their attention by mail. I publushed link to this poll on our Russian Firebird Community forum and asked young and hot members not to breach of trust by attempts to vote many times. I agree with you about there will come a point where people will just close their ears being pressed by amount of opponents. Since dialog between our Admins is started, I think we should stop this discussion.

Best regards, Alexander V.Nevsky, Firebird Foundation voting member.