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.
#28 Re: Re: Waste of time
Wednesday May 14th, 2003 9:00 AM
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Now if you're talking about Phoenix, that was a separate product originally developed as a hobby outside of Mozilla.org in developer's spare time, but eventually brought back under the Mozilla.org's wing. However it was never planned as a separate product by Mozilla.org as it was originally developed outside of Mozilla.org's control, when Mozilla.org saw its value they slowly took it under their wing and then decided to make it the core of the new (post 1.4) Mozilla, but they never planned it to be a separate product.
But the renaming exercise was started last November, when Phoenix WAS a separated product. IF the new roadmap was to replace Phoenix with an internal browser module surely there was no need to waste the time changing the name. You just use the roadmap document to solve the problem with Pheonix!