Firebird Database Project Admin Apologises to mozilla.org for Mailbombing
Saturday April 26th, 2003
In an update to an earlier article, IBPhoenix is reporting that Ann Harrison of the Firebird database project has apologised to mozilla.org Staff for "problems a mailbombing may have caused". The apology was made at the request of the Debian project's Jonathan Walther, who has offered to mediate in the dispute. The article also reports that the Firebird Admins and the FirebirdSQL Foundation are trying to open a more formal channel of communication with mozilla.org.
Here's an idea. Forget the names "Firebird", "Phoenix, and "Mozilla Browser." Frankly, they are DULL.
Call it "The Web." The ingenious part about calling it "The Web" is that it's a generic name.
One day, I was talking to my dad. I had installed Phoenix on his computer. I asked him if he used Phoenix. He said, "What's that?" I said, "It's a web browser." He said, "What's that?" I said, "It's the same kind of thing that Internet Explorer, IE, is." He said, "What's IE?" I said, "IE is one way to browse the web. Phoenix is just another way to browse the web." He said, "Oh, I see. I just go online and browse normally." I asked him to show me what he did to browse the web. He double-clicked on IE.
To my dad, the WorldWide Web was the _exact_same_thing_ as IE. I would wager hard dollars that 99.3% or more of all IE users think the same way.
If we call Phoenix "The Web" then we will have a name even more generic than "Internet Explorer." People will hear about "The Web" and wonder why they don't have it already. "Have you seen the new version of The Web?" "Why, no. Is there one?" "Yes, click here to download." Etc.
I can see it now. "The Web 1.4."
ALTERNATIVE: since we are browsing the Web here, call the product "Charlotte."
Other name ideas: Silk, Sting, Tarantuala.