Talk:Name suggestions for Fedora 16

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I had suggested "Eufaula" as an F16 name because Lovelock and Eufaula are both names of US towns that have restaurants called the Cowpoke Cafe.

However, I have just learned that the name Eufaula originates as a Native American tribe name (see http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/creek/early-history/eufaula_tribe.htm). The tradition established by Apache, and continued by Cherokee and Hiawatha, of naming web server projects after Native American tribes (or, in the case of Hiawatha, prominent historical or legendary Native American leaders) is at least arguably problematic, and I have raised specific objections to the logo in use by the Cherokee project (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=681339) (objections that are even more applicable to Hiawatha). I believe it would at least have the appearance of inconsistency and hypocrisy for me to support (or even to make it possible for others to support) the choice of "Eufaula" as a name for Fedora 16, however innocent the suggestion was. Therefore, I respectfully withdraw my suggestion. Accordingly, I have removed the entry from the table of name suggestions.

- Richard Fontana

Lapland is not a good idea

In Norway "Lapp" is considered a bad term for the Sámi people and "Lappland" is a deprecated term for the area they (traditionally) live(d) in (it's now called Sameland or Sápmi). I'm not sure how true this is in Sweden and Finland where Lappland formally refers to areas in their countries …

I'm not against using a Sámi theme in Fedora, just don't mess up the naming :)