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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.


#8 Re: Male Bovine Excretion

by user4321

Saturday April 26th, 2003 9:49 PM

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"No matter how long your propaganda is, Mozilla is still using a stolen name, still attacking another open source project in the Microsoft style, and still ignoring reason and reality. "

Hmmm... was it a stolen name when the database formerly known as Interbase started using it despite the fact that no fewer than three other software projects were already using it? And how does Mozilla's using that name constitute an attack? They've done nothing to the database project except increase by at least an order of magnitude the number of people who are aware of it. As to Microsoft, other than the fact that you have no point and want to mask the fact I'm not sure how they're relevant to the conversation.

Reason and reality say that a marginal database project that picks a common and popular generic term as a name is bound to be sharing that name with someone else. Reason and reality say that the fact that they weren't by far the first to use that name should have made that clear to them. Reason and reality say that only an idiot would confuse a browser and a database, which would be the only legitimate cause for concern (okay, given that I can see why you might have a problem with it...).