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.
Hmm that does not really answer my question: if the current Mozilla gets *replaced* by Mozilla FB browser and Mozilla TB Mail, and if the name Mozilla remains, why the hassle to make the name even longer? What is the value of "Mozilla Firebird Browser" over "MozillaBrowser" when there is no danger of confusing things, since Mozilla by itself is not going to stay anyways? Just curious, personlly I do not care about names, but I know that people do and that it is considered an important part of getting a product well known and accepted.