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 News.com 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.
You don't get the concept, obviously.
This is an open-source project. It is built by the developers for the joy of the doing and producing, for the challenge, and for the recognition. You can hope away, but that really is why the developers work on the project: not for the end-users but for themselves.
It is free to download and use, so if people like it and want to use it, so much the better. If they POLITELY suggest things that could make it better or help out with triaging problems or something more active (NOT to be confused with "activism") so much the better.
If this is the biggest piece of BS you have heard I fear what a stunting effect your sheltered lifestyle has had on your personality, especially in regards to your ability to reason logically and interact with others. You posts reenforce my fears. At the very least I know you have never followed politics.
Back on topic, the grandparent of this post is NOT BS, it is the hallmark of open-source development. Please post you mailing address and one of us will be happy to ship you a clue...