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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.


#127 Mozilla's Making a Mistake

by mmc

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003 7:32 PM

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I would just like to add my voice to those who think that the Mozilla organization is making a mistake here. The legal hairs can be split ad nauseum, but the fact remains that the Mozilla is co-opting the name of a popular open-source project that has been in existence for years. It reminds me of the arguments Microsoft used to make during the anti-trust lawsuit: "We've done nothing illegal". Well, just because something's legal doesn't make it right.

Open-source projects depend on the goodwill of the community for support. Mozilla probably has enough mindshare to get away with burning some bridges, but that doesn't make it right.