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.
"This is not Mozilla beating up Firebird for its lunch money. This is not Mozilla cutting in line in front of Firebird. This is not Mozilla saying "Are you going to eat that?" and grabbing Firebird's cookies. At most, this is nothing more than Mozilla sitting down at the same table in a crowded cafeteria without asking. Inconsiderate, perhaps, but not bullying by a longshot."
this gave me a good laugh this morning.