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.

#21 so much drama

by bandido

Thursday April 24th, 2003 6:31 AM

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I rather have some "contribuitors" keep quiet if all they do is complain about how great Lotus Organizer is and how bad Calendar is ... hehehe. Contribute with code or with QA not with senseless comments about what a product is not 'demanding' features as if paying the developers to do so.

I doubt very much that people who use Mozilla now will stop using it because of the name change and the controversy created by the people who started the name mis-appropiation in the first place (don't forget Firebird BBS predates Firebird, the DB). I know a couple of people who are in contact with the Firebird BBS who want them involved in the discussion. In any case, their opinion will be very interesting: 1) if they don't care, then why Mozilla care?, 2)if they feel that FirebirdSQL did to them what they claim Mozilla is doing to FirebirdSQL, then the moral ground is shifted significantlyin Moz fgavor, 3) if they side with FirebirdSQL, then Mozilla muist reconsider