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."

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

by rsidd120

Thursday April 17th, 2003 10:27 AM

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That's to take up with the firebird SQL people. It's not a justification for mozilla taking the name too.

This could have been a mistake, what annoys me is not the deed but the lawyerese justification for it.

Anyway, what's so hard about coming up with an unused name? Mozilla, Netscape, Linux, Gimp, GTK, Postgres, Pentium, were all names that didn't exist in any dictionary earlier. (True, you can still have clashes like mozilla/godzilla, but that's very different from choosing the exact same name as another open-source project.)