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.

#58 Enough Already

by myklgrant

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:00 PM

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I have been following this "controversy" for the past day or so and have finally gotten fed-up to the point where I just have to comment. This is no doubt the silliest "controversy" I have ever seen. We have people accusing the Moz developers of not doing their homework when choosing a name. They write web browsers for gawd-sake! They probably know how to look stuff up on Google. The Firebird DB group feels that their project will suffer because of the name choice. Yea right. This: is really hard to tell from this: OH the confusion! It is just a name. Mozilla-Firebird is still the best browser and Firebird DB is probably still just as good a project/app when it only shared the Firebird name with 5 other products. If you have a problem with the Mozilla browser being named Firebird change your prefs so it presents itself as something else on your desktop - there, problem solved. Me I could care less what is called - the best browser remains the best no matter what you call it. A thought: do IE users have this much fun with their browser? Enough Already MIchael