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.

#41 Re: Yes, it's too late.

by ArnoB

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 6:23 PM

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It's too late to take the Firebird name for Mozilla you meant !!

<quote>Do you think we're going to go through months again to find a name not used?</quote>

Well if the Firebird name is choosen over months of consideration then they are really dumb people with less brains in their head. Why are they going to make open-source projects confusing for users/admins/developers ? Instead of doing the wrong thing, they should stand side by side. This name can't be decided by a well formed group of members from mozilla. I saw many posts where mozilla users didn't like the name Firebird for the browser.