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MozillaZine: Christopher Blizzard of mozilla.org Speaks on the Firebird Naming Conflict

May 14, 2003, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Bishop)

"Christopher Blizzard has been working with Mozilla since the source code was released. In this interview, the author of the Mozilla branding guidelines gives an insight into mozilla.org's position on the Firebird naming conflict.

"How involved were you in the decision to rename Phoenix to Firebird?

"I was involved as much as the rest of staff@mozilla.org was. That is, Asa gathered most of the suggestions for names. If you have a large list, you have to whittle it down to a few reasonable candidates and then get those cleared by trademark lawyers. That's what happened in this case. Asa came back to staff with a list of suggestions and we chose the one that made sense and cleared the legal hurdles. Firebird was the name we chose.

"A recent CNET News.com article states that mozilla.org is backing down from using the Firebird name. How much truth is there in this claim?

"We're still going to use the project name Mozilla Firebird, so the News.com article is false. I think that's pretty clear from our branding document. Just to be clear, Mozilla Firebird is going to be the name of the pre-releases that we're going of the-browser-formerly-known-as-Phoenix before it becomes our primary platform for delivery of the Mozilla platform. Once it's our mainline build it's going to be Mozilla Browser..."

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