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.

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by Kommet

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 7:33 PM

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

Uh, right.

"... if the Firebird name is choosen over months of consideration then they are really dumb people with less brains in their head..."

Yeah, name calling. Perfect way to not look like an ass.

"I saw many posts where mozilla users didn't like the name Firebird for the browser"

We all did. We ALSO all saw more unique votes for Firebird than for any other name. Go read the thread at: <http://www.mozillazine.or…rums/viewtopic.php?t=2521>

The last time the total was updated, Firebird was about 25% ahead of Sphinx. Check out: <>

It is done. Blather all you want.

If I sound dismissive, it is because you obviously didn't read enough of the history before pulling that nugget out of your head or else you would have thought twice before posting. If AOL Legal signed off, methinks they made sure they are not going to get sued. Large company, big legal dept., high profile problems. You do the math.