Full Article Attached Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed

Monday April 21st, 2003

It's been a long and intense week since 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.

#117 Two Firebird cars colliding... Just an accident...

by JuanGonzalez

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003 4:38 PM

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I'm sorry, Zardoz, that dup was like two Firerbird cars colliding, only another unintentional accident.

The other accident is more serious, specially when they are two pretty big Firebird cards. Naturally, after a crash, the drivers are often upset and even a bit offensive for a time, but they can find a reasonable solution later.

I don't know much about Firebird, but the Mozilla drivers have been nice people always in Bugzilla and so on, just hard workers. (I don't know them personally, only their posts, etc.). I don't think they will die for unimportant things like any particular name, Firebird or Fireball or anything.

So, in my opinion, they will do what they will think is the correct thing to do, in one way or the other, based on facts and reasoning, and comunication with the Firebird team, like they did in the Phoenix case.

Therefore, please relax, don't be too serious for a moment, and just imagine -with a bit of sense of humor- any current meeting in the Mozilla galaxy:

- Hi, people. How are going Mozilla 1.3.1 and 1.4 beta?

- Fine, but people is still talking about that Firebird problem...

- Yes, there is an obscure database that has first position on Google as Firebird, third position as open source database, developer presence in about 25 US states and other 25 countries or so, a next international conference in May... Their users just had a nasty flame-spam war on some of the Mozilla drivers, and Asa is still trying to recover from it.

- That's too bad... Well, we can use the current name, Mozilla Navigator.

- Deprecated. Navigator is Netscape's, another obscure company. Perhaps you know them, they started the open source Mozilla, and expanded the WWW. Besides, we need a new name for Phoenix, at least until 1.5.

- And the popular name, Mozilla Browser?

- Who knows, maybe Opera Browser will sue us. We can expect anything now.

- OK, what about Mozilla Pioneer? There is not a Pioneer browser, or any known open source community, and it recalls Navigator nicely.

- I'm sorry, there is another obscure multinational corporation, Pioneer Electronics. God alone knows, they could be confused with a browser.

- Oh, what a pity... I also liked Mozilla Pioneer. Let's see, something in the same line... Hmm... I got it! Let's call it Mozilla Explorer!

- Sigh... Life is hard...