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.
#27 Response to bullying
Wednesday May 14th, 2003 8:57 AM
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When a person or organization is caught in the act of bullying, a very common defensive response is "get over it", "loosen up", "its over with", and so forth.<P>Unfortunatly for Mozilla.org, it is the person/organization being bullied, not the bully-er, that decides what the ultimate response will be.<P>Personally, I think that mozilla.org has behaved both stupidly and badly from the beginning to now in this whole situation, starting with the choice of a name as cliched as "Firebird" and contining to this latest Clintonian non-apology.<P>How about this: Mozilla chooses a new (and better) name [REGARDLESS of how much work that will be], apologizes, and THEN "moves on".<P>sPh