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.
Except that the people who work with Firebird and write browsers that access Firebird told Asa and the other Pheonix developers that there WAS a problem last year. We had thought that the name was removed from the list for consideration then. Had we known differently, we could have take the matter further THEN.
The sort of people who are USING Firebird are the same people who are using MOZILLA. They have no knowledge of how the data gets to the browser, they just have an Icon or program on the screen some of which are already called Firebird. Firebird is also reliant on client software which is installed on the client machine - currently in a Firebird directory.
If we MUST live with sharing the name, then there must be agreement and cross checking that Mozilla installations are not going to affect existing Firebird Clients, and visa versa. Just say 'Live with it' is even less of an option as I am sure if a Mozilla install on a corporate Firebird user site messes things up there will be even more problems. It will probably never happen, but will somebody at least talk about it. Please.