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.

#31 Project governance?

by vnv

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 4:12 PM

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>It's hard for me to believe that an Open Source project would make such as decision that could not be undone without due reconsideration called for by a legitimate and significant community.

Sounds reasonable. Dear decision-makers, can you please explain (a) how exactly the project is governed (it seems that the website contains rather general info like " staff members provide the overall guidance for the project.", but probably I did not find the right page) and (b) how community members not belonging to the core developers group can express their concerns in appropriate way to be heard by a governing body.