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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."


#84 Why not "firebird" in another language - Hopi ?

by jfsolem <janso@powertech.no>

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 4:09 PM

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It is a bad idea to rename the Mozilla browser to a name already taken (Firebird), giving it a bad name in the open source community. I'm sure their lawyers are right it's _legal_, but is it _moral_? And with all the localization projects going on, why did they have to choose an English name? OK. Phoenix is Greek (I suppose) - and taken. Firebird is English - and taken (whether the lawyers see it or not). But there are many more languages to pick from! I wonder... what is the firebird called by the Hopi in Arizona?

BTW, what about "mockingbird"? Is that taken too, or...