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This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 11 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Sulphur -> Cambridge -> <blank>? Cambridge is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Sulphur and Cambridge was "both are cities." The link between Cambridge and the new name must be different than that link.

Naming Schedule

  • Name collection: Dec 2, 2008 - Dec 8, 2008
  • List to Fedora Board: Dec 9, 2008 - Dec 15, 2008
  • Board approved list to Legal: Dec 16, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009
  • Community vote on final name: Jan 5, 2009 - Jan 9, 2009
  • Name announced: Jan 10, 2009

Name Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Board Approved Legal Approved
YoungHeart is a soccer club in New Zealand. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT
Windsor is a British Dukedom that was created for an abdicated king because Dukedom of Cambrdige was extant at the time Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (conflict with an IT service firm:
Hamline is a university. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (there is a university with the same name)
Glasses is a creation from 1284 Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (Cambridge University was founded around 1209 - 1284 was the founding of Peterhouse college, some time later)
Oxford is a university in England Nothing obvious at first search
Claddagh is a type of Ring Nothing obvious as top hits
Nebula is a strange name for Fedora release. Nothing obvious
Dictator was a ship in the Union navy No apparent conflicts (probably for obvious reasons)
Leonidas was a ship in the Union navy No apparent conflicts
Claypool Actors in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (Ed Cambridge, Les Claypool) Google search +software, +computer (small business in Arizona), +Linux, +IT
Gokyo Cambridge is door to higher education so is Gokyo door to zenith of world No conflict
Persian is a shade of blue Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT - dominated by use as an adjective rather than in any product names
Catania is one of the oldest universities of Sicily NO conflict
Hazzard part of the "dukes of..." title Nothing obviously conflicting
Zampone type of sausage Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows nothing obvious in top hits
Alexandria was a library/research institution and is a university Book management software for GNOME, library management software (
Paisley Caves source of interesting coprolites Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows nothing obvious in top hits
Fanbore is a compound word which consists of an electrically driven device and a construction Nothing found on Google
Athens Cambridge is where the oldest American university is located, Athens where the oldest, public American university is located USPTO lists 97 trademark inclusions, all that are related to software or similar technology are cancelled or dead. Other considerations are Williamsburg (second oldest American) or Chapel Hill (debatable as the oldest public, American and also in NC near Red Hat HQ)
Occidental Also a college Nothing found on Google

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 complete the sentence "Cambridge is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Cambridge to Sulphur. 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.
    • 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.

Rejected Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Board Approved Legal Approved
Stonehenge is a famous British landmark Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (conflict with an IT service firm: (conflict with software company: (conflict with well-known Perl consultancy: Stop (medium size).png
Wroclaw is an education city (Wroclaw university of technology, Wroclaw University etc) like Cambridge Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (reuses the 'city' link that is forbidden) Stop (medium size).png
Yaxn is "Plus, More" in Mamaindé language - Mamaindé is a brazilian indian tribe Mamaindé dictionary - (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Bacon George Cambridge is Knight Grand Cross and Francis Bacon is also a Knight (conflict with software company Stop (medium size).png
Bacon is a cut of meat taken from the sides, belly, or back of a pig that has been cured, smoked, or both. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT Pass (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png