Reports on Phoenix/Minotaur Renaming Focus on Firebird Database Protest

Wednesday April 16th, 2003

InternetNews was one of the first sites to report on the renaming of Phoenix and Minotaur to Firebird and Thunderbird. Australian site LinuxWorld concentrated on the reaction from the Firebird database community, with claims that posts in "the Netscape-Mozilla newsgroup" (it's unclear exactly which newsgroup this refers to) are being censored. CNET also focussed on the controversy, including a link to a page from FirebirdSQL Foundation sponsor IBPhoenix that encourages people to join the "fray" and add to the "heat in [the MozillaZine] forums". The call-to-arms also lists the email addresses of many of the more prominent Mozilla contributors and suggests deluging them with messages (even though many of the listed people had nothing to do with the name change).

Posts to the forums about the name change should be kept polite and constructive and added to the existing name change announcement topic.

Update! The Firebird Admins have posted a statement about Phoenix's renaming to Firebird on their front page. Stating that they "strongly oppose this change", the announcement follows the earlier IBPhoenix article in asking its readers to declare their objections by posting to Mozilla community forums and emailing various Mozilla developers.

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by tve

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:18 AM

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nonetheless its in the lead.. what would be your alternative? calling it "Sphinx Fox" because Sphinx + Fox = 53 votes?

if you would have followed the name discussion for months like I did, you wouldnt post what you are posting know.. it wasnt my favorite name like I already said ("Px" was nice imo), but the majority ("majority" is not "everyone" of course) liked the name, it was brought up and suggested again and again, and this was why it was chosen by the devs.. the database project was also mentioned several times, but no one really saw a problem with it, because, well, it's a database.. our problem was that there was already a "Phoenix" BROWSER, so you might understand why no one saw a DATABASE that is absolutely unrelated to web browsers as a problem.