Neowin.net Reports on Firebird Name Debate
Sunday April 20th, 2003
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#28 Correcting Usage and Public vs Private names.
Monday April 21st, 2003 2:12 PM
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Freshmeat brings up 9 "firebird" results. All of them are for the database or associated projects except
"4. Firebird Browser A Mozilla-based browser."
Someone will need to correct the Freshmeat entry to say "Mozilla Firebird." Do we have to mail every instance of using Firebird without Mozilla in front?
This is exactly where we need to address the question of public vs private names. OSS codenames have become used as "product names." I know that we all love cute itterative names. However, once they hit the web for general use, the rest of the world is not in on the in-joke. Yes, I know that Firebird is easy to remember if you remember that it replaces Pheonix which was the "rebirth" of Mozilla which was a gecko (lizard-->dinosaur-->godzilla) based replament to Mosaic.
If it's just a codename, I say we stick with Pheonix Project. If it's a public identifier, it should be a unique and descriptive identifier. Perhaps it could be refered to as the "Firebird Project" to denote it as a codename.