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People have been waiting to see what the new name for the Phoenix browser is for a while. Well, I just saw this forum thread and had to react ...

You heard it here first. New names. :: MozillaZine Forums

After months of discussion and further months of legal investigation, we’re finally comfortable moving forward with new names. The new name for the Phoenix browser is "Firebird". The documentation and product strings will be updated soon. In addition to securing the Firebird name, we’ve also got the OK, from those contributing legal resources, to use the name "Thunderbird" for an email client. Hopefully this will be the end of naming legal issues for a while.

That’s not bad at all! I was worried it would be something worse, so its kinda nice to hear Firebird and Thunderbird being announced.

For those of you not in the know, the next Mozilla builds will be created based on Phoenix/Firebird’s code. For more great info, check out Phoenix Help. Their tips and tricks are great, and extensions and themes are listed for download.


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Yeah, I like the sound of Firebird and Thunderbird - they make a good combination taken together. I wonder how this is going to affect the name of the upcoming Mozilla releases - maybe the whole thing will be called Mozilla, with the individual components called Firebird, Thunderbird, etc.?

w00t! Great name, and still remniscent of "Phoenix". Very cool. Thanks for the info. smile

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