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.
Monday April 21st, 2003 9:52 PM
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I'm someone who supports the Mozilla side all the way in this debate as I have never used or heard of the database project. However, many people have spoken out that the firebird name should not be used by Mozilla. If this is reason enough for the Mozilla project to adopt a different name, and if they do this, I really won't care too much.
The reason I'm posting this is that I have issue with a new idea that's floating around this board, namely that Mozilla should consider "advertising" for the database project. I see no reason why Mozilla should do this, especially if Mozilla were to drop the firebird name. First, Firebird DB should not get free advertisement only because its contributors are upset about a name issue. Second, Giving Firebird DB extra recognition on mozilla.org or mozillazine.org sets a precedent for other kinds of advertisement and junk to be added to these sites, which are provided as Mozilla resources. Thirdly, if (the big if to many people) Mozilla does drop the firebird name, that in itself would be a big enough appeasement. I'm not sure about the logistics of copyright, but Mozilla must have spent pretty good money to get the firebird name. If Mozilla decides to pursue a new name (a noble gesture, which in my opinion would further establish Mozilla as the role-model for open source projects), the project will have lost some money, which is "punishment" enough for its "infringement" on the database.