DevX Review of Mozilla Firebird

Wednesday June 4th, 2003

Paul Gittings writes: "DevX has a positive article, Mozilla Firebird Raises the Browser Bar, reviewing Mozilla's Firebird."

#36 Re: I will not use the Firebird RDBMS...

by Tanyel <>

Monday June 9th, 2003 12:51 AM

You are replying to this message

"I will not try the Firebird DBMS again until they stop stealing the Firebird name from Pontiac."

Did you try it?

"But what makes your previous post any different?"

I was serious, and I had reasons for my claims other than being emotional about Mozilla. I think, rather than answering your question, you want me to explain how stealing a name from a small, poor database company is different from stealing a name from a large, rich automobile manufacturer. To me, this is a moral issue. Using the Firebird name for the database did not hurt Pontiac. Using the name for the web browser obviously did hurt the database people. This is probably because Pontiac does not depend on search engines for its success, while the small open source programming project does. I suppose there are issues of brand recognition, individuality, and pride but the biggest issue is probably the dependance on search engines for survival. Assuming the database people depend on search engine rankings for survival, the database and web browser projects are able to coexist as long as they have different names, but one is likely to hurt the other, if not kill it, if they use the same name. This is not an issue with Pontiac because their survival has very little to do with search engine rankings. My problem is Mozilla realized the possible problems and the offense and continued with its terrible acts, using offensive email as justification for evil.

"Along with the one I asked last time that you never answered"

I did answer. I will answer again for you.

"what should Apple have called the ninth version of the Mac OS?"

They should have called it Mozilla OS 9. Surely the Mozilla Browser people would not be upset if everybody that searched for "Mozilla" found the Apple website and a thousand pages devoted to it. Surely they would not be upset if everybody that searched for "Mozilla Browser" found the Safari website because both keywords would be on the homepage of a web browser for "Mozilla OS 9". Note "OS" is an acronym, meaning "operating system" and that is hardly a proper noun. Also note the activities of Apple have nothing to do with the morality of the Mozilla or Firebird people. Also note you seemed to want a response from me. Surely a lame Mozilla flunky will ask me why I continue to post messages.