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.

#131 attitude

by an_mo

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:29 AM

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Kovu, your attitude sucks. What saddens me is that you changed the Phoenix name because of complaints from a commercial product and a name is picked from an Open source product so you know they won't have much legal strength to fight it. This sucks too. Couldn't just use a fictional name? True, their call to spam sucks too, but just because they use wrong weapons doesn't mean their cause is wrong.

Firebird is a mistake, it does hurt the open source community and sheds a bad light on the mozilla project overall. I will keep using mozilla/whatever, but with some reservations from now on.