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.

#133 Re: Re: Hmm, Mozilla vs Phoenix semantics

by bandido

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:32 AM

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AOl lawyers? Fron where did you get that information? Why will AOL lawyers be involved. AOL would be involved if the Netscape division was involved in the Firebird monicker, which is not. Am sure Mozilla gets its legal advise from people that are not paid by AOL to do that (AOL employess might do it as a sideline thing, not necesarilly AOL paying them to do just that). I believe Mitchel Baker is a lawyer and who is involved with Mozilla but does not work for AOL any longer. In addition of being Mozilla chief evangelist, I believe she was directly involved with writing Mozilla's Public License qhen she WAS and AOL employee.