Further Updates on Firebird Naming Debate

Friday April 25th, 2003

Jonathan Walther of the Debian project has published a transcript of an interview with an anonymous Mozilla developer about the Firebird naming conflict. According to IBPhoenix, which is affiliated with the Firebird database project, Walther has offered to mediate in the dispute. IBPhoenix have also published their own update on the situation, apparently written by project administrator Ann Harrison.

#9 so why the name change?

by jilles

Saturday April 26th, 2003 2:44 AM

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I understood that the name phoenix that we all know and like was dropped because it was infringing on a trademark. Now we learn that such legislation doesn't extend to internal project names, which raises the interesting question what's so different about phoenix that it had to be changed to firebird but yet the the firebird name is somehow OK to keep infringing on.

Either two different standards are being applied or the situation has changed and I haven't seen much evidence for that beyond some announcements. The name firebird seems to be replacing the phoenix name in the actual product. This extends to logo's, the name of the profile, the about screen, etc.