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.

#37 Let it go...

by lazytiger

Thursday April 24th, 2003 9:48 AM

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It's obvious that the Mozilla team was aware of the Firebird DB before they decided to use the name. What's also obvious is that they had no idea there would be such a backlash from sharing the name. I think it's pretty childish for the DB people to be so whiny about the issue, but the fact is they are. Why not just let the name go now that there's way too much hassle and ill-will towards using the name? This leads me to ask another question: Why was the Mozilla team so secretive about the new name until they were fixated on one? Wasn't the point of coming up with a new name so that there wouldn't be any more conflict about it? If they had run the idea of using Firebird across to the public before they became so belligerent about keeping it, we wouldn't be in this situation right now.

Both parties are being very childish. Just let it go....