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.

#17 You're missing an important point

by user4321

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 2:04 PM

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'If Microsoft called their new "mega hype every magazine has ads" product which is destined to be hugely successful, Postgres, the open source comunity would be outraged.'

Postgres is an invented term. They'd not only have a reason to be upset, they'd win any legal challenge.

"For godsakes they were changing a name because of product confusion with a BIOS maker that could sue"

A BIOS maker which has built a web browser into its BIOS. I personally don't think that should preclude the use of the name Phoenix, but I'm willing to bet that most trademark lawyers would disagree with me.