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."

#190 instead of phoenix

by emulyono <>

Thursday April 17th, 2003 8:39 PM

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First, Mozilla is good. And the Mozilla we've been accustomed to are "somehow" related to dinosaurs... Which leads me to: Recent Scientific American (March issue, I guess..?) featured an article about feathered dinosaurs... Several words were bouncing around in my mind: Mozilla. Godzilla. Dinosaur. Feathers. Bird. Firebird. Phoenix. And then I thought about the purpose of the move from Mozilla to Phoenix: to purify the Mozilla suite (with a trial by fire?), and from the ashes a Phoenix will rise. Let me suggest another logic: Re-think the Mozilla suite (by having a paradigm shift) and put feathers on the preconceived lizard-like dinosaur image. Now I see a bird-like dinosaur: featherMoz :) I think it's quite nice, because the word "feather" also had some association with "lightweight", which is (I think) what the Phoenix/Firebird developers are aiming for...

Just my 2 cents...