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.

#70 Many people like me too

by shodan

Friday April 25th, 2003 4:44 AM

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Yes, I'm in the same boat. I've been reading MozillaZine regularly for around 2 years (and using Mozilla on a day to day basis since 0.9) but never posted to the forums until this came up. I think there's two issues here though; I might have been prompted to help pick the name of the core mozilla browser, if I had known that was what everyone was voting about but at the time Phoenix was just an interesting offshoot from Mozilla. Picking the name of the core browser is obviously more significant, in many ways.

However, several people have suggested that this is just a codename (like SeaMonkey) and that the browser once released will probably be called Mozilla Browser (or similar), which is something that I can live with. I don't think it matters so much if Firebird is just a tranitory name for this generation of the Mozilla Browser that will disappear for the next generation (unlike Gecko, which seems to be the name of the technology). If this is the case, it would probably cool the passions of everyone involved if this were announced in a fairly unequivocal manner sometime soon.

As someone that uses the Mozilla Browser & MailNews I'd really prefer everyone spend more time making sure that the new apps have at least the functionality of the previous architecture than arguing about naming... it's a pity that this has somehow managed to get this far!