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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.


#139 i Support the Mozilla suit. I Oppose Firebird name

by avih

Sunday April 27th, 2003 9:59 AM

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Hi. I'm a long time fan of Mozilla/phoenix, and the developer of a currently pretty popular extension for both of the browsers. i also work on other OSS projects.

imho, since there's a strong objection from the Firebird(DB) side, we should not pick the Firebird name for any project related to mozilla, whether it's just a codename or a product name. If there wasn't such objection, then we would have been fine. but there is one. regardless of legality of the move (which might indeed be leagal), it totaly contradicts OSS philosophy. we're here to help each other, share knowledge, and make the world a better place. the OSS movement had already caused a major shift in the way people think, and made many of them aware to the principles that drive OSS development.

now is the time for the mozilla team to say "we're sorry you were hurt by our decisions. let's find a solution together". and if there's still objection to using the firebird name in mozilla apps, then just drop it and select a new name. no damage done.

just my 2c avih