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.

#172 I WILL remember in 6 months...

by Kommet

Thursday April 17th, 2003 2:51 PM

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... and I will still be giggling in 6 months.

"You STOLE what we rightfully 'TOOK' from others!"

I'm signing up all the Firebird DB people for classes in Logic at their respective local community colleges. If they still don't catch a clue, it will be Business Law next, then Trademark Law.

If they are still on this trip after those 3 classes, I'm signing them up for Political Science. If learning about logical arguments doesn't help them and Business and Trademark Law knowledge doesn't change anything, then I feel they are destined for lives in politics. They are obviously capable of holding a point of view "just because".