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LinuxWorld.com.au: Mozilla 'Dirty Deed' Brings Out a Firey Response

Apr 16, 2003, 22:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Dahdah)

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"That free lovin' spirit shared among the open source community has been ruffled this week after a decision by The Mozilla Organization to change the name of its browser-only product to Firebird. This has landed it in trouble with a database project of the same name.

"The Mozilla.org has been working on two projects named Phoenix and Minotaur. Phoenix is an open-source Web browser for Windows and Linux that is based on the Mozilla codebase and written using the XUL user interface language. Minotaur, on the other hand, is a stand-alone mail/news client also based on the Mozilla codebase. In comparison, Mozilla is a complete suite of Web related applications, such as a browser, a mail/news client, a chat client and more.

"The problem with the Phoenix browser component was the name. Phoenix Technologies, a BIOS maker, invoked its legal power to prevent Mozilla using a name that was already trademarked. As a result, Mozilla embarked on a name change to prevent any trademark suits against it..."

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