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.
#25 Re: Boohoo
Tuesday May 13th, 2003 10:29 PM
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The letter seems not explain why a existing product 'Phoenix' is necessary to change to 'Mozilla Firebird'. Is it more direct for 'Phoenix' --> 'Mozilla Phoenix'?
Why it is necessary to go through a series of renaming within several weeks/months which is the decisions after months well planning? 'Phoenix' --> 'Mozilla Firebird' --> 'Mozilla Browser' while maintaining a series 'Mozilla 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4....'?
From the download site, the same product is named different for various OS. In the mean time, the web site still use 'phoenix', and we could download 'phoenix' which is actually 'Mozilla Firebird' but it is called 'Firebird' ported for MacOS. no wonder it creates confusion for BugZilla.