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.

#207 Re: Re: Market Confusion?

by bandido

Friday April 18th, 2003 3:32 PM

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The problem with your comparison is that you are assuming that Mozilla Firebird is going to be listed as Firebird in the Add/Install application listing. Both Mozilla Firebird can do their little part to avoid the so confusion you mention. Firebird browser can appear listed as Mozilla Firebird and the other can be listed as Firebird DB. Will regular endusers of Firebird DB be installing and unistalling your database. Last time I check you downloadable Firebird DB did not even have an installer. (to me Firebird DB has "geek" written all over it)