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.

#204 Re: Re: harm

by bandido

Friday April 18th, 2003 10:36 AM

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Eloki, the more you argue, the more absurd and senseless your analogies get. Of course, you normally wouldn't name two of your children the same way because they have in common: 1) at least one of the parents, 2) they belong to the same class of living organisms (humans), 3) the might cary the same last names.

You might name two children with the same name and distinguish them by: 1) having a different middle name (I have seen quiete a few of theses situations), 2) have different last name.

So what's the issue? Mozilla Firebird and Firbird DB belong to two different kinds of organims, one is a database, the othe is a web browser. Why is that so hard for you to understand. Did MS sue Lotus when they introduced Lotus Word Pro? Following your silly analogies, they could have done that because people could have thought that Lotus Word Pro was the professional version of MS Word.