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.

#149 We didn't "all" see it...

by MarkHB

Thursday April 17th, 2003 12:06 PM

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Only those who read the forums, and the Phoenix forum in particular, would have seen it (was the poll -- much less the idea that such a poll would effectively decide the name -- ever mentioned on the Mozillazine front page?). Plus, AFIAK, the poll was conducted at a time when the question being decided was "what should the name of this side-project be," not "what should the name of the Mozilla browser component be?" I doubt that there would have been quite as much of an issue if the product weren't taking over as the new Mozilla-the-browser.