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.

#143 DRAMA

by Kovu <>

Thursday April 17th, 2003 10:16 AM

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"we did deliberately search for a name that was going to cause minimal conflict, in the software and opensource development world"

So did we. There are no related products with the name Firebird. Yours is unrelated. Trying to relate our project to your because we're both open source is ridiculous.

"So yep you bet your life I'm annoyed with someone setting up a campain to try and steal our name just becuase they think they are a bigger fish in the pond."

You're not getting it: We're not IN your pond. You've leapt out of yours to harass us in ours.

"So think up your your own name. "

We already did. It's done. Perhaps you'll soon realize you're banging your head against a brick wall and give up and go back to your pond.

"In my opinion this attitude doesn't bode well for Mozilla's future."

Oh yes, I know this momentus event is the beginning of the end for Mozilla. NOT. I, at least, won't even remember this nonsense six months from now.