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.

#203 Re: No, I don't

by Ded

Friday April 18th, 2003 10:29 AM

You are replying to this message

"It's a great name, and it doesn't hurt the DB people at all."

Fantastic. You know better than me what hurt me and what not. For what on Earth thousands of us spend time and nervous here? Oh, sorry, I know, just to prove we are not hurt. This remind me recent events started by one leader of one powerful country against small country in the Middle East. He too certainly know better what want people of this small country.

"If it did, they could sue. They can't, because they aren't being hurt."

One more diamond in this collection. If they have'nt enough funds to defend, they are'nt being hurt. And again I remember this leader...

"End of story."

I'm not so shure. This, and all I said in this post, is my personal opinion, I speak now not as Firebird Foundation member.

Alexander V.Nevsky.