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.

#62 Re: It's just a name, people

by erickleung

Wednesday April 16th, 2003 11:25 PM

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I don't think it is just a matter of naming game.

Unlike other commerical product, it is not as simple as a band name to a product.

Any 'open sourced' project need its name as a banner and be a symbol of the unity. The stronger is the unity in the community of the project, the stronger the strength is would be if it is offensed. What do you expect if OS/software name like 'linux' being used or owner by a guy or company other than Mr. Linus.

I am happy with the great and excellent works from mozilla, but it would be much much nicer to see the 'open sourced' development teams would work hands in hands.