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."

#3 Sorry, but "Firebird" is taken

by earlybird

Monday April 14th, 2003 7:21 PM

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Firebird is taken. It's the name of an open-source database management system (<>). Hardly fair, or original of the Mozilla team. Firebird might not be competing in the same space, but you wouldn't want to see a database system called Mozilla, would you? Did anyone ask the Firebird database team whether they minded? Hijacking somebody's name certainly is bad table manners in the open-source world.