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."

#37 Why not stick with Mozilla?

by Galik

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 4:48 AM

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I totally agree. don't really do much 'promotional' work for their browser but changing name would destroy years of brand recognition that has now started to become, and ever more so, quite respected in the industry. Just as people are starting to wake up to Mozilla - the name changes. Doh!

Keeping Mozilla makes so much sense. Mozilla Mail is something people will immediatly recognise as 'the cool mail client their friend uses' or 'the same mail client *they* use' even....

Also with the Browser etc...