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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.


#72 Re: Re: well said.

by chappi

Tuesday April 22nd, 2003 4:26 PM

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>1. If the texturizer.net resource is going to remain one of the primary reference sites for Mozilla Firebird >information, it ought to change its phrasing to refer to it as Mozilla Firebird *consistantly*, [...] Casual >reference is one thing, but official and semiofficial sites should at least be making sure that things like >page titles are clear on just what product they're referencing. right, but in the end firebird will stand for the browser and not the database, that was first and is actually (google) associated with firebird

>2. People really need to stop calling for Mozilla Firebird to get renamed. this name was a mistake, it should be corrected

>Similarly, advocates of the current name need to stop treating people who don't like it as if they're second->class citizens and/or complete idiots, because they aren't. it's not about liking.

>Legal or not, people get possessive of names. I don't understand what you mean. Firebird had the name for 3 years.

>4. The people who *didn't* pick the name need to remember that the people who did are not exactly Evil >Overlords bent on world domination. Nor are they subject to our every whim. They have work to do. But first they must settle the affair with the db firebird people. And if they don't get an agreement, it's their duty to drop the name they just took without asking.

>5. The people who develop Firebird-the-database need to take a deep breath and relax. >If they produced a web browser, or for that matter produced any kind of software designed mostly for >general consumers, it might be a real concern, but the sort of person looking for a database to use is >*not* generally going to be the sort of person easily confused by naming conflicts. They know they want a it's both software, both opensource. too close in my opinion.

>And all of that really just boils down into 'calm down and be considerate of others'. None of this is the end of the world. if it would be that easy mozilla could calm down also and just choose another name (and ask first after some googling).

>This does prove, however, why naming of products is generally left to people with major marketing savvy->-it's a complicated thing! true