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."

#23 Re: Re: Sorry, but "Firebird" is taken

by ogiesen

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 1:11 AM

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I don't think the original poster was necessarily thinking about legal issues. Firebird the RDBMS is a very well-established product with good name-recognition even outside its field AFAICT. It even has a similar history as Mozilla (it was born when Borland open-sourced its Interbase RDBMS). Heck, IIRC they even went through exactly the same legal battle over the Phoenix name which used to be their first choice as well. It's a bad idea IMHO to use such a name for yet another open source product even if it is playing in a different playground. I for once would definitely have to think about how to distinguish the two (wrt directory and menu names) on my system as I will certainly be using both.