This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 15 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.
Goddard → Laughlin → <new name>? Laughlin is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.
The link between Goddard and Laughlin was "both are names of professors of physics." The link between Laughlin and the new name must be different than that link, and different from any other previous link.
- Name collection: 13 October through 18 October
- List to Fedora Board: 19 October to 21 October
- Legal Review of Board approved names: 21 October to 25 October
- Community vote on final name: 26 October - 1 November
- Name announced: 2 November
How to use this table
- 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 truthfully complete the sentence "Laughlin is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Goddard to Laughlin, 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!
- 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.
Suggestion TableVarious connections that could be explored. "Laughlin is a ..."
- professional wrestler
- town in Nevada or California
- US air force base
- hockey player
Approval Mark Legend
|Name||"Is a..."||Tested||Initial Approval||Comments||Themeable||Board Approved||Legal Approved !|
|Vaudeville||Anna Laughlin starred on Broadway as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in 1902/1903. Also, Robert B. Laughlin was born in Visalia, California. One of the vaudeville theatres was Theatre Visalia in Visalia, CA.||Vaudeville is a very common cultural term. Found one PDF mentioning an IT software with a word Vaudeville in the title, from the year 2000. Couldn't find the actual software. Another one is Virtual Vaudeville, a 3D simulation of a vaudeville performance. That's all. I'd say these don't conflict...?||Fails the 'is a' test. Laughlin is an actress... Vaudeville is not an actress. (jsmith)||Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. It consisted of many diverse acts, with a rich background from many sources. At its height, vaudeville played across multiple strata of economic class and auditorium size. I can see several comparisons with the versatility of Fedora.||A very rich period in history to draw inspiration from. Themes could range from actual vaudeville imagery (drama, acrobats, comedy, musicians, ordered chaos of all of them, etc.) to second industrial revolution, Gilded Age architecture, etc. Allows for everything from light and humorous to socially critical themes.|
|Erdős||Robert B. Laughlin is a prolific professor and so is Paul Erdős.His contribution to math is enormous,Erdős number in math is well known.||No collisions found||(jsmith)||Paul Erdős once said his brain is open, so should be knowledge and Linux||Mathematics|
|Curie||Lauglin is a Nobel prize laureate, Marie Sklodowska-Curie too- twice||Some academic cluster farms have name "Curie"||An existing Linux application library is called Curie  (jsmith)||Marie Sklodowska-Curie have made basis for today's cancer therapy, Wikipedia||Chemistry|
|The33Lin||Laugh has 5 chars as The33. Lin for Linux||No companies, ngo's or whatever.||Fails the "is a" test. (jsmith)||Linux is strong and robust as the miners.||Linux Version inspired in the 33 chilean rescued miners|
|Aleixandre||Vicente Aleixandre is a Nobel prize laureate as Laughlin was||Not brands nor companies: K12 public school in Madrid, a public college in Extremadura||(jsmith)||Passion for nature, for brave people Ref|
|Allensworth||Allen Allensworth is from Tulare County and Laughlin was born there||Several companies, none on IT||Doesn't quite pass the "is a" test. More of a "is from" test. (jsmith)||Escape from slavery, self taught, and founder of first African American community; military hero|
|André (or Andre)||(Thomas James) Laughlin is a professional wrestler, and so is André ("the Giant" Roussimoff)||Googled for Andre (and André) plus software, technology, hardware, IT, computer, Linux. Nothing of interest found, except for one Adobe Forums user named "Andre Linux".||(jsmith) found reference to an "Andre Software", possibly in South Africa, but no other details. http://www.hotfrog.co.za/Companies/Andre-Software. Severl references to Andre's Hardware (HW and building supplies, not computer-related) in several cities. Reference to Andre's Technology Empire company in Washington DC. http://dnb.powerprofiles.com/profile/796311541/ANDRE%27S+TECHNOLOGY+EMPIRE-Washington-DC (mdomsch)||There is well-known iconic imagery that could perhaps serve as a starting point for design brainstorming|
|Asturias||Miguel Ángel Asturias is a Nobel laureate as Robert Laughlin (his mother was a teacher as Laughlin's too)||None as Asturias itself, just "tpvasturias"||There's a Linux users group in Asturias, Spain that has their own distro called asturlinux. (jsmith)||Mayan culture; Outreach to underprivileged (founder of Popular University); "captivating totality of nature" Ref.|
|Bardeen||John Bardeen is a Nobel prize laureate as Laughlin was||No collision found||(mdomsch)||It's one of the inventor of transistor. And he works on the superconductivity||Computer hardware, especially transistors. Superconductivity|
|Bechet||Sidney Bechet was an american clarinetist as Tim Laughlin is.||No IT related brands nor companies||(mdomsch) Behcet's Disease - ulcers & inflamation. Place in Romania. bechetconsulting.com staffing company. Web site http://www.gedimatbechet.be/.||To the glory of a great jazzman. Furthermore, i'm sure he would have been a Fedora fan ;-)
Note : Fedora records is also a jazz label
|Music, jazz, good vibes|
|Britannia||Laughlin is american, and America was a britain colony.||There appear to be a number of name collisions. There is a software product line called "Britannia ASP" - There is a Britannia Technology Center, There is a company called Britannia Computing Services (http://www.britanniacomputers.co.uk/), and apparently at one point there was a hosting company that offered hosted Linux called "Britannia Host" (appears to be defunct now, though)||Fails the "is a" test. It should be in the format, "Laughlin is American, and _____ is American." for this suggestion. (mizmo||Brittania is the latin name of Great Britain.||Territories or antique design, etc.|
|Carlin||Laughlin is a town in Nevada, and so is Carlin||It makes a-so-is-b connection and also honors one of the great all-time comics, George Carlin||Humor, 7-words, um...|
|Dexter||Laughlin is a great scientist, so is Dexter (the little genius)||Some little companies contain the name "Dexter"||There's a link between name and computer/technology/science.||Something in relation with high-tech.|
|Floyd||Laughlin is professor at Stanford University, Robert Floyd an eminent computer scientist, Bachelor's degree in physics, and professor at Stanford.||No IT related brands nor companies||A tribute to Robert Floyd, emminent computer scientist.||Computer/sciences design.|
|Kannus||Kannus is a city in Finland||Torvalds's country|
|Maestro||Maestro, Italian word, appoint the Master, arrived with the more high degrees of his artistic practice.||I don't see the link here. (spot)||Because i like this name and let my inspiration come||Adapted to this distribution i think||(spot)|
|Malmstrom||Laughlin is an Airforce base and so is Malmstrom.||No IT or software related collisions that I could see.||(jsmith)||There is a UFO conspiracy theory that surrounds the Malmstrom airforce base. Might lead to an Alien theme! (or even better, Alien themed Easter eggs!) Also, Malmstorm air force base, being a military facility, might cause a problem. (Hopefully, it won't.)||Aeroplanes, evolution of aeroplanes, etc.||(spot)|
|Phosphorus||Laughlin is a brain lighting, and so is the property of phosphorus.||IT maybe conflict with http://p15consulting.com/||Laughlin is a "brain lighting"? Citation needed.||Because it has atomic number 15. It is hard to find on Earth as a genius. It is found inside our DNA as the truth and genius.||Very flexible for design||(spot)|
|Pushcart||(James) Laughlin gives name to an American literacy award and so does Pushcart||The word seems too common to provoke collisions||Laughlin is a literary award/prize, Pushcart is a literary award/prize (spot)||The Pushcart prize focuses on independent press and independence is also a keyword for Linux/Fedora. The idea of a compact, convenient yet very practical vehicle that is naturally adapted by its users fits Fedora.||Design could use the vehicle as well as literacy or press.||(spot)|
|Rexroth||James Laughlin is an american poet who was friends with Kenneth Rexroth, also an american poet||Bosch Rexroth is a German engineering firm that designs and manufactures motion and control systems for industrial and mobile equipment. E.g., pneumatics and hydraulics||While the "is/was a poet" link is valid, Kenneth Rexroth was an erotic poet. Not really sure that maps up well to Fedora. Also, Bosch Rexroth makes Linux-controlled systems.||Kenneth Rexroth was a poet, translator, and critic. He translated Chinese and Japanese poetry, experimented in Haiku and Beat poetry, wrote the article on literature in the Encyclopedia-Britannica, and generally explored wide-ranging interests in music and culture.||Rexroth is especially known for his love poetry, but really he had a lot of interests, so a theme could go in many different directions||(spot)|
|Roswell||City in New Mexico (Laughlin is a city in Nevada)||There are LOTS of things called "roswell", including a beta version of RHL from way back when.||(smooge)||Roswell Software seems to be a small software company based in Roswell, Georgia. Also there is a precedent of not repeating names no matter how good they are.||Aliens!|
|Shockley||William Shockley is a Nobel laureate||Surprisingly, I found no collisions (eugenics? -Tezcatl)||smooge||While Shockley's work on transisitors was transformative, his views on 'race' and eugenics are not something I believe Fedora would want to be associated with.||Computer hardware, especially transistors.|
|Souley||Souley is the name of our french friend from fedora-fr who died this year||To never forget him and for his memory !||smooge||No software name collisions. Due to the nature of the proposal I am willing to go with the looser connection.||He was an Ambassador of french team Fedora and i think it will be a beautiful continuation to laughlin|
|Sparks||Laughlin and Sparks are cities in Nevada||at least in Germany nothing related to software or computers (according to a DPMA search)||smooge||Sparks is a GPL IM client. It is also the name of several US software companies. [I would have liked the Nevada connection because of Area-51 connotations :/]||electricity, fire, ... - more remote communication, fireworks, ...|
|Stanford||Laughlin is professor at Stanford University, so is Stanford||Only links with software/IT/technology branch of Stanford University.||smooge||Stanford University has several trademarks on the word of Stanford that might cover this in research/education/software sections.||University, school design. Or even the cardinal tree of Stanford.|
|Sturgis||Laughlin, Nev., hosts an annual motorcycle rally and so does Sturgis, S.D.||Would make for an interesting transition.||Motorcycles, wind in the hair, etc.|
|Whittle||Frank Whittle invented the jet engine||None that I could see||Jets- wind, steam, air flow|
|Woody||Laughlin is a Linux distribution and so is Woody||Obviously conflicts with a previous version of another Linux distribution (jsmith)||Just a cheeky suggestion|
|Wynn||Wynn is a casino entrepreneur as is Don Laughlin.||Wynn is the name of the company that runs the casino. I don't know if this counts as a collision or not - gregbair||Card suits, roulette wheels, slots, neon lights, etc. Wynn also sounds like "win." The Wynn casino itself is very technically advanced. Its the only Casino at this time that has RFID tags in every single game chip.|
|Guerrero||Chavo Guerrero was a ECW Champion as it was Thomas James "Tom" Laughlin AKA Tommy Dreamer||I searched Guerrero +Computer +IT +Technology +Hardware||Guerrero is a Spanish word that means Warrior.||Warrior, battle|
|Amur||Amur Tigers are the biggest living cats on earth.||Amur Tigers are dying just ~500 cats less, this could remember some guys to save these cats ...||Nature, Unique|
|Fortaleza||Laughlin is a great tourist destination as Fortaleza.||None that I could see||It's a city in Northeastern Brazil, very popular among travelers||Also means fortress, very good for a theme|
|Iommi||Laughlin is a metal producer, and so is Iommi||None||Jones and Laughlin Steel Company were an American Iron Company. Tony Iommi is a musician, guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath.||Music, metal, any Black Sabbath song|
|Iroquois||Homer Laughlin is a china manufacturer, as was the Iroquois China Company||I searched Iroquois +Computer +IT +Technology +Hardware||Iroquois is also the name of one of the most famous helicopters in military history.||Helicopters, aviation, appropriate themes from the Iroquois Nation.|
|NULL||Laughlin means nothing to me, and so does NULL||Who would be so stupid as to call their product NULL? ;-) Seriously, too many hits on Google on searching for anything related to computers/software||Not original (jsmith)|
|Macau||Laughlin is a gaming location, and so is Macau.||None found||China, Nature, Gambling|
|Gonsalves||Laughlin is a military base, and so is Gonsalves.||Timothy Gonsalves (IIT)||Jungle, Nature|
|Lovelock||Laughlin is a city in Nevada, and so is Lovelock.||Love and locks|
|Bacon||(John) Laughlin is an actor in the film Footloose, and so is (Kevin) Bacon.||There is Ubuntu's Community Manager Jono Bacon||Like Fedora Bacon is loved by many, unlike a fedora Bacon is delicious||anything bacon-y and delicious, maybe something with pigs|
|Clay||(Don) Laughlin was a conscientious objector (to the draft), and so was (boxer Cassius) Clay||There is a "Clay Mathematics Institute", but that should not be a problem.||Don Laughlin, the husband of activist Lois Laughlin: http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/LaughlinLois.html||"Clay" triggers a wide range of positive associations. In particular, it is a material to make building blocks as well as pieces of art, just like Linux is.|
|Gutzwiller||Laughlin is a famous wavefunction, and so is Gutzwiller. It is a variational many-particle wavefunction which describes interacting particles on a rigid lattice.||No collisions found||Wavefunction is a mathematical tool. It's all about tools. For a free and open world.||Physics, Quantum mechanics, Mathematics|
|Bellevue||Laughlin is a chapel[] (in West Virginia), so is Bellevue[] (Edinburgh)||Bellevue (French, meaning beautiful view), Bellevue is also the name of a Castle[], a Palace[] and other famous places.||Castles, Palaces, Heraldic|
|Neruda||Neruda is a Nobel Prize award winner, also is Laughlin||Pablo Neruda[] was a Chilean poet and Nobel laureate for Literature, also a freedom fighter||Poetry, Poets, Chilean famous people ;)|
|Sewickey||Laughlin is a city with a population of 7,076 according to the 2000 Census, and so is New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania||Seems sane.|
|Afterworld||Viva Laughlin[] is a US TV series from 2007 so is Afterworld[]||There is a russian MMO named Afterworld[]||science fiction, post-apocalyptic|
|Leuchars||Laughlin is an air force base, and so is RAF Leuchars in Scotland||RAF Leuchars and an airshow surprisingly called the Leuchars Airshow||Golf, planes, aeronautics|
|Blarney||Laughlin is town with a famous military instillation Laughlin Air Force Base, and so is Blarney with Blarney Castle in Ireland||No conflicts found in Google +software, +computer, +hardware, +technology, +IT, +Linux (which actually seems a bit odd.)||Irish, Castles, The Blarney Stone|
|Weizenbaum||"Laughlin is a contended (physik) scientist, and so was Joseph Weizenbaum for IT Science. He died in 2008. []||No conflicts found||Laughlin write a Book: "The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind." Joseph´s : "Computer Power and Human Reason" []|
|Coltrane||Laughlin (Tim) is a jazz musician, also was Coltrane (John)||No conflicts found||John Coltrane[] is an icon in the history of jazz and thus the modern American music||music, abstract, spirituality|
|Szpilman||Laughlin (Estelle) is a survivor of the Holocaust born in Warsaw, also is Szpilman||No conflicts||Wladyslaw Szpilman [] was a pianist, composer, and memoirist, widely known as the protagonist of the Polánski film "The Pianist" (based on his autobiographical book)||music, culture, peace, liberty, freedom|
|Name||"Is a..."||Tested||Initial Approval||Comment||Themeable||Board Approved||Legal Approved|