Full Article Attached Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed

Monday April 21st, 2003

It's been a long and intense week since 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.

#93 Scoping a New Name

by n0Ah

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003 7:15 AM

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It looks like the Mozilla folks need a name to patch up the unfortunate Firebird fiasco.

Here's one: "Scope"

It ties back to the Navigator heritage, since navigators traditionally used telescopes, AKA "spyglass". If that's not techie enough, call it Mozillascope. That should do it. BTW, since birds seem to be in favor, and the project is "lightweight", it may be interesting to note that a Scops Owl is a family of small owls that max out at around 10" (20cm) in length. Scops is from the ancient Greek for "owl". Go figure. An owl could even be the mascot. With two huge front facing eyes, there's no bird that conveys "scoping" better than an owl. Scop is also an Old English word for a poet or bard. Bird, bard, scope, scop, you get the drift. There's no poetic license required to make the switch. Just Do It!