From Fedora Project Wiki
Name suggestions are now being accepted. Please read the guidelines before contributing to maximize chances that your suggestion can be on the ballot.


This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 19 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Beefy Miracle → Spherical Cow → <new name>? Spherical Cow is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Beefy Miracle and Spherical Cow was "A beefy miracle is something that has never been observed and so is a spherical cow." The link between Spherical Cow 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 Spherical Cow. The following links will also likely be rejected:
  • Names of living people
  • Well-known trademarks
Please try to find a truly original and obscure link!

Naming Schedule

  • Name collection: October 9 through October 16 (23:59:59 UTC)
  • List to Fedora Board for review: October 17 - Oct. 24
  • Legal Review of Board approved names: October 25 through October 31
  • Setup of Voting Application: November 1 (whenever the legal finishes the audit)
  • Community vote on final name: November 2 through November 8 (23:59:59 UTC)
  • Name announced: November 9

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 "Spherical Cow is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Beefy Miracle to Spherical Cow, 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 !
Schrödinger's cat Is a theoretical thought experiment
Crop Circle Is a mysterious round thing found on a farm quite
Welkin Is an English term referring to the Celesital Sphere I think so
Prime Rib A Spherical Cow is a well-prepared work of meat & muscle, and so is Prime Rib. (19 is also a prime number.) None found
Elastic Horses Spherical Cow is a good solution for farmers, and so is elastic horses moving in vacuum. None found
Conical Frustum A Spherical Cow is a 3D geometric object that is butchered. So is a Conical Frustum. None found Also considered saying they're both "sliced." Fo sho
Boiling Frog Spherical Cow is a an animal in a non-natural situation. So is a boiling frog. None found Yes. But... do we want to?
Happy Dragon Spherical Cow is a parade balloon animal. So is Happy Dragon. Only Chinese restaurants found. :) [['s_Thanksgiving_Day_Parade | See 1960]] Sure!
No Name

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 Comment Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved