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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 20 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Spherical Cow → Schrödinger's Cat → <new name>? Schrödinger's Cat is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Spherical Cow and Schrödinger's Cat was "A spherical cow is a theoretical thought experiment, and so is Schrödinger's Cat." The link between Schrödinger's Cat 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 Schrödinger's Cat. 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: May 15 - May 22
  • List to Fedora Board for review: May 22 - May 29
  • Legal Review of Board approved names: May 29 - June 05
  • Community vote on final name: June 08 - June 15
  • Name announced: Before June 22

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 "Schrödinger's Cat is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Spherical Cow to Schrödinger's Cat, 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 themeable column. This is reserved for the Fedora design team, who will be creating the theme.
  5. 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 !
Catarina Schrödinger's Cat is the cat of a famous person, and so is Catarina. Yes Catarina was Edgar Allan Poe's pet cat and the inspiration for his story The Black Cat. Yes, something a bit darker than our usual maybe, to echo on Poe's themes?
Lateral Schrödinger's Cat was in a box, lateral thinking is "out of the box".
Fail fail
Does not pass the "is a" test.
Glados Cake Schrödinger's Cat was a science discussion that could not be proven or disproven, Glados Cake is a Science Fiction / Video Gaming object which has not been proven or disproven to date.
Golan Heights Schrödinger's Cat is a superposition of states, so are the Golan Heights.
Magic Violin Schrödinger's Cat was new in 1935, so was "The Magic Violin", an opera from Werner Egk, beiing first performed on May 22. Yes
Clouded Leopard Schrödinger's Cat is a vulnerable cat, so is the Clouded Leopard Yes
Brownian ratchet Schrödinger's Cat is a thought experiment , so is the Brownian ratchet
Fail fail
Thought experiment was the F18-F19 link and cannot be reused.
Jesse James Schrödinger's Cat is something that was wanted, whether dead or alive. So was Jesse James
Virus Schrödinger's Cat is neither alive nor dead. Neither are virii.