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! Name !! "Is a..." !! Tested !! Approved
! Name !! "Is a..." !! Tested !! Initial Approval !! Themeable !! Board Approved !! Legal Approved
| ''TestName'' || ''name used for a Fedora distro'' || ''Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT'' || {{check}}
| ''Your suggestion -- this is a dummy'' || foobarific muttonchop || {{check}} ||  ||  ||  ||
=== How to use this table ===
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# Come up with a name idea.  Put the name in the first column.
# Determine whether it passes the "is-a" test.  You must be able to complete the sentence "{{FedoraVersionName}} is a <...>, and so is ''<YOUR_NAME>''."  The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from {{FedoraVersionName}} to {{FedoraVersionName|previous}}.  You can check the [[History of Fedora release names]] to see the previous release name link.  Mark the link in the appropriate column, such as "river in Kazakhstan," "deep-sea organism."
#* ''Don't'' choose obvious links, because they usually result in uninteresting names.
#* ''Don't'' choose very general names or unclear links, such as 'word with 8 letters' or 'part of the name <FOO>'.
#* ''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!
# 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.
# Do not mark the approval columns.  These are reserved for the approval authorities such as the Board and Red Hat Legal.
== Release Names ==
== Release Names ==

Revision as of 20:10, 15 May 2009

This page documents how Fedora releases should be named.


  • 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. "is a word with seven letters" is not.
    • 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 Art team for applicability to theming
    • by the Red Hat Legal department for a more intensive trademark search
    • by the Fedora Board to make sure the name ballot is of sufficient size and composition.
  • 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..." Tested Initial Approval Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved
Your suggestion -- this is a dummy foobarific muttonchop Checkmark.png

Release Names