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.

#227 Re: "Self-Centric"

by saltheart <>

Monday April 21st, 2003 12:32 PM

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I'm not sure which concepts you believe to be grasping better, but "IF" you developed applications, which you admit you do not, I would never hire you NOR would I recruit you for an open source project, for that kind of attitude would inhibit your contribute to any useful project. As far as my "biggest piece" comment, I firmly stand by it. Software that is not usable by it's target audience is worthless trash. Developers who do not take into account the needs of their target audience will soon lose their target audience. This concept is so plain that I find it hard to believe that you are choosing to take issue with it. Perhaps when you get a little more experience under your belt. At any rate, you can go ahead and post your last word...I tire of this thread.