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.

#38 That's the most absurd thing I've ever read.

by jonadab <>

Wednesday May 14th, 2003 2:51 PM

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> Because Mozilla did not just choose a new name when the problem started.

Huh? After being mailbombed with no warning and for no legitimate reason, the correct responce is to do whatever the mailbombers say? No. Not only would that not be a good response, there would be no excuse for it. You don't EVER give in to people who are making absurd demands simply because they behave badly. It reinforces bad behavior and makes things worse. Always.