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.

#98 The mouthpiece of MozillaZine said it

by superyooser

Thursday April 17th, 2003 3:33 AM

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That sentence *is* indeed in the news blurb on the home page.

If you didn't write it, one of your buddies did. The distinction means little. You're all part of Mozilla, the new 500-lb gorilla of the OSS community, boorishly stomping on your neighbor without a care. If you did discuss the issues of the name change at length, as you claim, that makes it even worse. It was pre-meditated!

The poll now indicates that 76% of users are against the new name. That's a landslide, hands down. But the views of mozillaZine dissidents don't matter. This poll is a meaningless joke; nothing more than an opportunity for the Mozilla regime to mock the will of its users.

It's good for you that MozillaZine had its fundraising drive *before* you unleashed this attack on the OSS community and offense against your own user base. You've flushed an awful lot of goodwill down the toilet. I hope the AOL lawyers are enjoying their lighter work load as a result of not having to carry out the Herculean task of approving another name for a web browser. Maybe you can solicit donations from *them* next time.