Full Article Attached Mitchell Baker on the Firebird Naming Dispute

Monday May 12th, 2003

Mitchell Baker,'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 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 staff member, which will shed some new light on the situation and clarify's current position.

#24 Re: Sorry, no dice

by Tanyel <>

Tuesday May 13th, 2003 9:53 PM

You are replying to this message

"You ARE wrong. The concept that should have "just changed the name" is itself inane. It takes MONTHS to find a new name, and by the time they did so, it'd probably be time to rename it to Mozilla Browser."

Roach, the question was, "why the heck did we have to go through this?" The answer is, "Because Mozilla did not just choose a new name when the problem started." If the question was, "what is something easy for Mozilla to do?" then my answer might be wrong. However, that was not the question. You are focusing on the perceived difficulty of avoiding the problem. The question was related to what caused the problem rather than the difficulty of avoiding the problem. I refuse to believe you are too stupid to understand this.