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.

#45 Re: Childishness

by lazytiger

Thursday April 24th, 2003 12:39 PM

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That's some good insight - thanks. I wasn't really aware that the Phoenix team was such a renegade bunch. I guess the whole insistence of calling it Phoenix/Firebird makes a little more sense now (and of course it is a nice match with Thunderbird). And all that much more childish. I understand the need to have some sort of code name for the project to differentiate it from the Classic Mozilla browser until the code is merged, but ultimately it should retain the simple monikers of Mozilla Browser and Mozilla Mail. The very nature of code names and their temporary use just makes this whole situation that much more absurd. Get over it already. Call the damn thing something else - it's not worth all the animosity. Unless of course they're *not* planning on ever dropping the Firebird/Thunderbird names, in which case I just have to throw my arms up in despair. Other people have already expounded on the issue of how stupid it would be to cast aside the Mozilla name. Or if it would be used in conjunction with Firebird/Thunderbird, which is more likely the case, I still think it's utterly stupid sounding: Mozilla Firebird? What the hell is that? The words don't sound good together at all. But that's just my opinion; I'm sure other people would be happy to flame me over that. (good pun, too)