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Full Article Attached 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.


#114 Re: A Perspective from a Sideliner

by Xandrex <alexandre.ho_xdxmozillazine@m4x.org>

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003 3:37 PM

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back in the 50s, was an electric guitar model designed by Fender : the Broadcaster. Soon, the name had to be changed because there was a drum model named BroadKaster, made by Gretsch. I guess this *is* a normal issue, because it involves two products of a same category (music instruments), eventhough the spelling was different.

Today's issue with "Mozilla Firebird" / "Firebird" is different. Of course, both products are computer applications, but still competing in different areas.

I'm not sure whether the legalese talk is relevant. What I've read so far on mzine's forums is a lot of people ignorant of the issues in the name battle, a lot of people being stubborn, a lot of people forgetting where it all started, just trying to argue and find stupid examples, none of which being relevant than the one they're replying to (including myself). At last, I found people understanding each other, and people bitter. I guess this is the most important part of the battle. What now ?

IMHO it's not to me (or anyone) to dig in the discussion, everything has been said in every possible way (maybe some used some D.I.3 :-( ).

(the Broadcaster was renamed Telecaster BTW).