Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

April 17, 2003

What's in a name?

I feel compelled to add my useless opinion to the Firebird naming controversy. It's a 3-part deal:

  1. The choice of "Firebird" for the name of a shipping open-source product, given the presence of another shipping open-source product of the same name, is poor.
  2. I am under the (possibly mistaken) impression that while the browser component will be called "Firebird" (just like the network library is called "Necko"), the name of the shipping browser itself is not clear yet (as in, once the Great Splitting is done the browser may well just being called Mozilla; see n.p.m.seamonkey discussion).
  3. The Firebird database developers and sponsors are being done a disservice by people who are sending rude emails in their name. How would you feel if you found out that someone had been going around, walking up to people, saying "Here is a present from <fill in the blank here>," spitting in their faces, and walking away?
Posted by bzbarsky at April 17, 2003 7:22 PM