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This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 13 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Constantine → Goddard → <new name>? Goddard is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Constantine and Goddard was "both are names of rocket scientists." The link between Goddard 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 Goddard. The following links will also likely be rejected:
  • Other kinds of scientists
  • ...
Please try to find a truly original and obscure link!

Naming Schedule


  • Name collection: April 21 to April 27
  • List to Fedora Board: April 27 to April 29
  • Legal Review of Board approved names: April 29 to May 3
  • Community vote on final name: May 4 to 10
  • Name announced: May 11

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 "Constantine is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Leonidas to Constantine, 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.
    • 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 Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved
Guiness Sir Alec Guiness was a legendary british actor like Willoughby Goddard. He plays in great movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Hotel Paradiso and so on. Themeable according to his great movies like "Lawrance of Arabia" (an arabic like dessert theme)
Scofield Paul Scofield was a legendary british actor like Willoughby Goddard. He plays great roles in Shakespeare dramas. Themeable according to his great roles in Shakespeare plays like MacBeth Henry V
Bhanji or Kingsley "Sir Ben Kingsley born as Krishna Bhanji is a legendary british actor like Willoughby Goddard. He plays historical persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Simon Wiesenthal and Wladimir Iljitsch Lenin Themeable according to his great historical roles
Astro Goddard is a fictional dog character in a cartoon series and so is Astro.

Various connections that could be explored. "Goddard is a ..."

  • a lunar crater
  • a drinking vessel
  • a major space science laboratory
  • ...

Approval Mark Legend

Approval Mark Meaning
Checkmark.png Approved
Stop (medium size).png Rejected
Warning.png Under review

Rejected Suggestions

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