Guidelines for release names

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** Beginning with Fedora 11, name suggestions are solicited through a wiki page.
 
** Beginning with Fedora 11, name suggestions are solicited through a wiki page.
 
* To suggest a name, a community member ''must'':
 
* To suggest a name, a community member ''must'':
** Show how the name meets the "is-a" test.  For example, "Schnozz is a ____, and so is Keister."  Names for releases ''N'' and ''N+1'' must be related, and names for releases ''N'' and ''N+2'' cannot share the same relationship.
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** Show how the name meets the "is-a" test.  For example, "Schnozz is a ____, and so is Keister."   
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*** Names for releases ''N'' and ''N+1'' must be related, and names for releases ''N'' and ''N+2'' cannot share the same relationship.
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*** The "is-a" relationship must be reasonably novel. For example, "is a brand of automobile" is reasonably novel. The relationship "is a brand of automobile only manufactured in Uzbekistan" is much better. The relationship "is a word with seven letters" is not sufficiently novel.
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*** Preference is given to names showing relationships [[History_of_Fedora_release_names | never before used in a release]].
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*** Names of living people or well-known trademarks or goods will be rejected by Red Hat Legal.  Try to find a more unusual link.
 
** Document preliminary searches showing the name is not encumbered by trademarks or other use that makes it a bad or risky choice.
 
** Document preliminary searches showing the name is not encumbered by trademarks or other use that makes it a bad or risky choice.
* Names are vetted through the Red Hat Legal department for a more intensive trademark search.
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* Names are vetted:
* The Fedora Board is responsible for making sure the name ballot is of sufficient size and composition.
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** by the Fedora [[Design]] team for applicability to theming
* The final release name is decided through a community vote.
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** by the Fedora Board to make sure the name ballot is of sufficient size and composition.
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*** Typically, the Board has a private vote on the entire name roster (after initial vetting)
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*** The top results are sent on to Legal.
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** by the Red Hat Legal department for a more intensive trademark search
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* The final release name is decided through a community [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting vote].
 
* Problems are resolved through the [[Board | Fedora Board]] and the [[FPL]].
 
* Problems are resolved through the [[Board | Fedora Board]] and the [[FPL]].
 
== Releases ==
 
 
[[Name suggestions for Fedora 11]]
 
  
 
== Suggestion table ==
 
== Suggestion table ==
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{| tableclass="t1"
 
{| tableclass="t1"
! Name !! "Is a..." !! Tested !! Approved
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! Name !! "Is a..." !! Links out !! Tested !! Initial Approval !! Themeable !! Board Approved !! Legal Approved
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|-
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| ''Your suggestion -- this is a dummy'' || foobarific muttonchop || frobozz, whatsit || {{check}} ||  ||  ||  ||
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|-
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| Yokuts || Indian Tribe that settled Visalia CA, Robert Laughlin was born in Visalia, CA || Yokuts, Laughlin || || || || ||
 
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| ''TestName'' || ''name used for a Fedora distro'' || ''Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT'' || {{check}}
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
== Release Names ==
 
== Release Names ==
 
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 18]]
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/Names
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 17]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 16]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 15]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 14]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 13]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 12]]
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 11]]
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* [[History of Fedora release names]]

Revision as of 20:27, 3 March 2012

This page documents how Fedora releases should be named.

Summary

  • Names are suggested by the community.
    • The fedora-devel-list mailing list was previously used for suggestions.
    • Beginning with Fedora 11, name suggestions are solicited through a wiki page.
  • To suggest a name, a community member must:
    • Show how the name meets the "is-a" test. For example, "Schnozz is a ____, and so is Keister."
      • Names for releases N and N+1 must be related, and names for releases N and N+2 cannot share the same relationship.
      • The "is-a" relationship must be reasonably novel. For example, "is a brand of automobile" is reasonably novel. The relationship "is a brand of automobile only manufactured in Uzbekistan" is much better. The relationship "is a word with seven letters" is not sufficiently novel.
      • Preference is given to names showing relationships never before used in a release.
      • Names of living people or well-known trademarks or goods will be rejected by Red Hat Legal. Try to find a more unusual link.
    • Document preliminary searches showing the name is not encumbered by trademarks or other use that makes it a bad or risky choice.
  • Names are vetted:
    • by the Fedora Design team for applicability to theming
    • by the Fedora Board to make sure the name ballot is of sufficient size and composition.
      • Typically, the Board has a private vote on the entire name roster (after initial vetting)
      • The top results are sent on to Legal.
    • by the Red Hat Legal department for a more intensive trademark search
  • The final release name is decided through a community vote.
  • Problems are resolved through the Fedora Board and the FPL.

Suggestion table

The first row is a template provided for educational purposes only.

Name "Is a..." Links out Tested Initial Approval Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved
Your suggestion -- this is a dummy foobarific muttonchop frobozz, whatsit Checkmark.png
Yokuts Indian Tribe that settled Visalia CA, Robert Laughlin was born in Visalia, CA Yokuts, Laughlin

Release Names