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."

#185 Mozilla Firebird!!!

by cgonyea

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:15 AM

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Once again, Mozilla itself isn't being renamed Firebird. The proper name for the web browser will be Mozilla Firebird. I am guessing that an RPM for this would have the name mozilla-firebird or moz-firebird or something along those lines, clearly distinguishing it from the Firebird database.

AOL won't use the "Firebird" name for its products, this is only a Mozilla name for the Mozilla web browser that is called Mozilla Firebird. Any company in the world who uses Mozilla's code will most likely name their web browser something else to avoid confusion with Mozilla's browser. For example, I assume the next version of Netscape will probably have its web browser called "Netscape Navigator" for old-times sake.