Firebird Poll Ignites Flames of Passion

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003

The question posed by our last poll was intended to get feedback on 'Firebird', the new name for Phoenix. We got it in buckets. A massive 20,576 people voted — that's over ten times as many as for the new Roadmap poll. The Firebird name is a sensitive issue and we strongly believe that certain parties made concerted efforts to fix the contest. Bearing that in mind, the results of the poll apparently suggest that 30% of voters love the new name, 6% like it, 4% are neutral towards it, 4% don't like it and 12% hate it. 29% of the votes cast were by people who think that should not have picked the same name as the Firebird database and 12% believe that the Mozilla suite should be renamed to Winnebago.

Our next poll will hopefully be less controversial. Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of NCSA Mosaic, the revolutionary browser that is frequently credited with turbo-charging the growth of the Web. We want to know when you think the best period of post-Mosaic browser innovation took place. Was it immediately after the release of Mosaic, during which a crop of new graphical browsers hit the streets? Was it during in the Browser Wars, when Netscape and Microsoft battled for dominance of the Web? Maybe you think that we're currently in a browser innovation renaissance, with established companies like Apple re-entering the browser market. Let us know what you think and check the up-to-the-second results to follow the poll's progress.

#18 Re: Online polls

by Ded

Thursday April 24th, 2003 5:32 AM

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"In fact, I advised a group at work who was looking into open source databases to steer clear of it"

As Boris Zbarsky asked another person during this unpleasant week, how old are you? I think about 13? :) I assure you, personally I will not say my customers to don't use Mozilla software just because I don't like behaviour of someone in Mozilla staff. I'll not speak about why this sad chain of events occured, all this many times was said and discussed.

"So the Firebird database did get some additional recognition"

I was shocked by yesterdays provocative article on slashdot about Ann Harrison interview on mozillazine. Where on Earth author of this article found aspiration to publicity in her words? BTW, I assure you, we (Firebird Foundation) don't need more publicity than we merited, overeating is not good for anybody health, level of publicity should be natural. We just are not ready to publicity compatible with Mozilla, we have not nor human resources to help large stream of newbies, neither experience of coordination of hundreds code developers. Note we are Open Source project, we don't sell Firebird software, it is free, all funds we take from our own pockets so we have not pure marketing reasons to loud about ourselves. We just want to save over own.

Alexander V.Nevsky.