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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.

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
  • Names of living people
  • Well-known trademarks
Please try to find a truly original and obscure link!

Naming Schedule


  • Name collection: 13 October through 19 October
  • List to Fedora Board: 20 October to 22 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

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 "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!
  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 !
Curie Lauglin is a Nobel prize laureate, Marie Sklodowska-Curie too- twice Some academic cluster farms have name "Curie" 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. 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 Passion for nature, for brave people Ref
Allensworth Allen Allensworth is from Tulare County and Laughlin was born there Several companies, none on IT Escape from slavery, self taught, and founder of first African American community; military hero
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" 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 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 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. 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...
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. Because i like this name and let my inspiration come Adapted to this distribution i think
Malmstrom Laughlin is an Airforce base and so is Malmstrom. No IT or software related collisions that I could see. 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.
Phosphorus Laughlin is a brain lighting, and so is the property of phosphorus. IT maybe conflict with 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
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 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
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. Aliens!
Shockley William Shockley is a Nobel laureate Surprisingly, I found no collisions (eugenics? -Tezcatl) 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 ! 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) electricity, fire, ... - more remote communication, fireworks, ...
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 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

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Approval Mark Legend

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Rejected Suggestions

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