"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
"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..."