Mitchell Baker on the Firebird Naming Dispute
Monday May 12th, 2003
Mitchell Baker, mozilla.org's Chief Lizard Wrangler, has recently been in contact with Ann Harrison, an administrator of the Firebird database project, and Mark O'Donohue, President of the FirebirdSQL Foundation. Mitchell has posted a copy of a recent letter she sent to Harrison and O'Donohue to netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey. In the message, she describes how mozilla.org firmly believes that Mozilla Firebird is not infringing on the Firebird database trademark but that the name will eventually give way to 'Mozilla Browser' as the focus of development shifts towards standalone applications.
Some recent media articles have declared the Firebird database community as the victors in the naming dispute. Later this week, MozillaZine hopes to publish an exclusive interview with a senior mozilla.org staff member, which will shed some new light on the situation and clarify mozilla.org's current position.
Tuesday May 13th, 2003 5:19 AM
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As a stalwart supporter of Mozilla.org's technology offerings, I'm just appalled by the attitude that Mozilla and by extension AOL (their trademark lawyers after all) have adopted here.
Decent planning (something that Mozilla.org has lacked in many many areas) could have avoided this whole damn mess. They (IBPhoenix) had the name before Mozilla and it's a cheesy as hell name at that. Give products names that mean something and you build a better brand. Firebird for a muscle car is great but for software it's hokey.
Grow up, stop slapping (TM) everywhere if its just a project code name and hire some decent (i.e. non-logorrheic) marketers because you obviously couldn't name a tune.