Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed
Monday April 21st, 2003
It's been a long and intense week since mozilla.org announced that the Phoenix browser has been renamed Firebird, to the dismay of much of the Firebird database community. In this interview with MozillaZine, Ann Harrison, an administrator of the Firebird database project and a partner in IBPhoenix, gives her thoughts on the dispute.
#11 IDEA: make Phoenix database a Mozilla Project
Monday April 21st, 2003 3:29 PM
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Here's my idea. The Firebird database project has lots of good code and little money. The Mozilla Project has lots of good code, and lots of money (backing of AOL). What the Mozilla Project lacks, however, is a relational database manager. In fact, several people in the project have already been talking about the need to create an RDBMS for Mozilla. This will be necessary down the road.
Why not offer the Phoenix database project a position as the officially sanctioned database of the Mozilla Project? They're already using a Mozilla-like license. This would be a strategic move for Mozilla in our long-term goal of being extremely competitive in the Internet space.
As for the Firebird name, this way it could be worked out easily. One option would be that both the database and browser continue to be called Firebird. The name recognition would help both products. If that doesn't work, there are other options.
Am I a genius or what?