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."

#53 Well of Creativity Running Low

by kamiller42

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 9:03 AM

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Who came up with these names? Did they have to take the name of an existing open source database? It's not ok to take names from commercial ventures, but it's ok take from other open source projects simply because they don't have the resources to sue you.

Is it so difficult to come up with creative names that Mozilla has to resort to stealing? Someone can do better than this.