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.

#20 Re: Hmm Double Standards Perhaps?

by bandido

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 3:01 PM

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MySQL is NOT a generic term, therefor your comparison is bogus. Anyone can use SQL moniquer because it's just and acronym for Structure Query Language ( it is the standard language for relational database management systems), but once you attach a prefix or sufix to it, it is made unique and copyrightable/trademarkable.

When using generic words, the issue shifts. Can you trademark Word? I don't think so ... but you can trademark MS Word. That's why it was possible to have Lotus Word Pro as a trademark. and before MS Word we had WordStar and WordPerfect. (All these products were in exactly the same market)