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.

#33 come on, you are being thick

by joschi

Wednesday May 14th, 2003 12:45 PM

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mozilla couldnt use the name phoenix for *another* browser, even internally, that would be a clear conflict with the bios folks. furthermore, it would be stupid and add confusion. firebird on the other hand was legally clear and there was no place for confusion (dont even try to suggest a database might get confused with a browser, no ones buying that) ... so saying they should have used phoenix internally is moot.