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.

#175 Re: Confused.{Pink Floyd-The monkey is confused }

by mariuz

Thursday April 17th, 2003 3:53 PM

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Today we released the RC1 on bettanews . And Yes the project was registered on March 17th 2003 on betta news section . (we didn't thought that there will be another Firebird) . It seems that we have to *RENAME* it to FireBirdSQL or FireBird True Relational Database or revert to Jim's Relational Database (This was the first name of the Interbase when Jim Starkey worked at DEC ) or Groton Database System (What database ? *Rotten...? This is what clients heard on the phone ..they cut the G..Heheh ) . We all hope the namespace clash problem to be soved soon . We think the open source needs a directory whith all the NAMES taken so when you make a new Open Source to Choose a Unique Name .