Name suggestions for Fedora 19

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Name suggestions are now being accepted. Please read the guidelines before contributing to maximize chances that your suggestion can be on the ballot.



This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 19 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Beefy Miracle → Spherical Cow → <new name>? Spherical Cow is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Beefy Miracle and Spherical Cow was "A beefy miracle is something that has never been observed and so is a spherical cow." The link between Spherical Cow and the new name must be different than that link, and different from any other previous link.

General links automatically rejected
General links such as "is a word" or "is a location", while technically within the scope of the rules, will most certainly be rejected by the Fedora Board. Remember, the goal is to come up with a creative link to Spherical Cow. The following links will also likely be rejected:
  • Names of living people
  • Well-known trademarks
Please try to find a truly original and obscure link!

Naming Schedule

  • Name collection: October 9 through October 16 (23:59:59 UTC)
  • List to Fedora Board for review: October 17 - Oct. 24
  • Legal Review of Board approved names: October 25 through October 31
  • Setup of Voting Application: November 1 (whenever the legal finishes the audit)
  • Community vote on final name: November 2 through November 8 (23:59:59 UTC)
  • Name announced: November 9

Name Suggestions

Please read carefully.
The instructions below will help prevent some suggestions from being eliminated early.

How to use this table

  1. Come up with a name idea. Put the name in the first column.
  2. Determine whether it passes the "is-a" test. You must be able to truthfully complete the sentence "Spherical Cow is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Beefy Miracle to Spherical Cow, nor any other previous link. Mark the link in the appropriate column, such as "type of chemical reaction," "deep-sea organism."
    • Don't choose obvious links, because they usually result in uninteresting names.
    • Don't choose very general names or unclear links.
    • Don't choose names of living people, or well-known trademarks.
    • Do choose obscure links to interesting things, which makes for a better name.
    • Do avoid all previous links wherever possible.
    • Do make sure there are at least a couple of ways to link out of the new name to the next name -- and they must be unique too!
  3. Use Google to search for possible trademark collisions. First search for the term itself along with "+software", and then broaden your search to include "+computer", "+hardware", "+technology", "+IT", and so on. Do not skimp on this step.
    • If you find a collision, it is best to find another name. Names that cause collisions will be eliminated by Red Hat's Legal department and thus waste their time, which is a valuable commodity for Fedora. Help us maximize their effectiveness by weeding out names that are trademarks of other entities, especially those in the IT industry.
    • If the collision is outside the IT/computing market, you can still submit the name but you should note the collision in the "Tested" column, and include a link to the site where the collision was found.
    • If you find no collisions, make that notation in the "Tested" column.
  4. Do not mark the approval columns. These are reserved for the approval authorities such as the Board and Red Hat Legal.

Suggestion Table

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Comments Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved !
A Spherical Cow is not a decent release name, and so is "", because it's not a name at all No collisions in a null set Release names are annoying and create extra work, and recently caused the project to appear silly and unprofessional Anything Generic - Parabolic Potassium A Spherical Cow is shaped nutrition item, and so is Parabolic Potassium Potassium is an element on the Periodic Table, and is not trademarked -- Free to use! It has an atomic number of 19 so it matches perfectly with Fedora 19 We could use this time to transition into using the Periodic Table of Elements for future Fedora releases (F20 could be Calcium and further). This has been discussed on the Advisory Board list in the past but no official decision made yet. Offering as a suggestion to make the transition Perfectly themeable
Spintronic Prism A Spherical Cow is a 3-D object and so is any spintronics in prism form Very
Solar Wind A Spherical Cow is a gas filled mass which would achieve a very high kinetic energy by farting and a Solar Wind is a stream of charged particles with a very high kinetic energy created when the sun farts This is trademarked as Network Monitoring software: Very
Schrödinger's cat Is a theoretical thought experiment
Maxwell's demon is a theoretical thought experiment
Crop Circle Is a mysterious round thing found on a farm quite
Welkin Is an English term referring to the Celesital Sphere I think so
Prime Rib A Spherical Cow is a well-prepared work of meat & muscle, and so is Prime Rib. (19 is also a prime number.) None found
Elastic Horses Spherical Cow is a good solution for farmers, and so is elastic horses moving in vacuum. None found
Conical Frustum A Spherical Cow is a 3D geometric object that is butchered. So is a Conical Frustum. None found Also considered saying they're both "sliced." Fo sho
Boiling Frog Spherical Cow is an animal in a non-natural situation. So is a boiling frog. None found Yes. But... do we want to?
Happy Dragon Spherical Cow is a parade balloon animal. So is Happy Dragon. Only Chinese restaurants found. :)'s_Thanksgiving_Day_Parade (see 1960) Sure!
Field of Dreams Spherical Cows are balls on a farm. Field of Dreams is for playing with baseballs on a farm It's a movie, it has nothing to do with the computer industry Easily
Yin Yang Spherical Cow is used as metaphor. Yin and Yang are used as metaphor to indicate harmony and interdependence. Some screensavers, backgrounds, icons
Somatotropin is an (insane) way of maximizing the meat volume.
Armstrong The (Spherical) Cow jumped over the moon, as did Neil Armstrong. Small regional IT shops in places called Armstrong. Sounds like Ångström, and there's this script. No longer (sadly) a living person, so it clears that hurdle. Maybe a nice tribute. You betcha.
Taylor A spherical cow is an approximation, and so is a Taylor series. Anything math-looking
Hadron A spherical cow is a composite particle, and so is a hadron. Sure
Newton A spherical cow is an approximation, and so is Newton's method. Math-y/physics-y/fruity things
Halley A spherical cow is an approximation, and so is Halley's method. Math-y things, comets
Christmassy Halloween spherical cow is a geek joke, and so is Christmassy Halloween Christmas, Halloween
Any Key spherical cow is a geek joke, and so is Any Key , Keyboards?
Fermi Spherical Cow is an approximation, so is a Fermi problem probably
Flat Hippo Spherical Cow is a strangely shaped animal, and so is Flat Hippo. None found Anything with hippos
Sombrero Galaxy Spherical Cow is a container of stars, and so is Sombrero Galaxy. Only Mexican restaurants ;) Easy
Gabelstaplerfahrer A German word for Forklift driver. Spherical Cow is a long and awkward name, and so is Gabelstaplerfahrer. Easy
Torricelli is supposed to have horns In fact, "Torricelli's trumpet" is also called "Gabriel's horn", but Gabriel is a trademark. See Yes: geometry related
Pasteur Spherical Cow is a cow that provides milk sterilized, and so is Pasteur
Nuclear Fusion Spherical Cow is a scientific model, and so is nuclear fusion. Yes
arodef taerg Spherical Cow is a great joke, and so is arodef taerg. it's funny too, it's 'fedora [the] great' in backwards ;-) it's funny, isn't?! None found
Robust Rutherford Spherical Cow is a funny reference to physics and so imagine a grumpy (robust) faced Rutherford. Rutherford is a person and unfortunately he's dead, but his name is not a trademark. And the adjetive "robust" is a great wink for the audience and for us the users Like Rutherford is a scientist you (or we, the community) can use different names of different scientists of different science. Yes, science related (just like Spherical Cow)

Approval Mark Legend

Approval Mark Meaning
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Rejected Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Comment Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved