Suggesting a new naming convention for Fedora releases

From: Lynn Dixon 
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All,
There has been some  good discussion on naming conventions for the Fedora
releases going forward on the Fedora Advisory Board.

So far, it has been suggested that we use the Periodic Table of Elements as
the template, and that we tie the release number to the atomic number of
the elements.  It was also suggested that we start with Atomic number 18
for Fedora 18 to keep everything symmetric, and to skip using "Sulphur"
since it was used previously.

So starting off we would have:  Fedora 18 Argon, Fedora 19 Potassium,
Fedora 20 Calcium, etc, etc.

Heres the archives of the threads:

http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2012-July/011768.html

What do you all think? Does this make sense? Any pitfalls you can think of?
Is it better than "Beefy Miracle"?

=============================================================== From: DJ ------------------------------------------------------ Anything sounds better than "Beefy Miracle"; that sounds like a porn movie.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ Let me know when Fedora gets to Adamantium and I may start using it. Other than that, no comments. -- Stephen Haywood Information Security Consultant CISSP, GPEN, OSCP T: @averagesecguy W: averagesecurityguy.info

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Do we really need these code names? Really? What ever happened to Fedora ## beta? Oh right we still have it. These code names just make searching for solutions to problems harder. I say get rid of them. Need a name for yum or apt? fedora18, ubuntu1204, etc...

=============================================================== From: JonathanCalloway ------------------------------------------------------ It seems to me that eventually they will run out of elements. What about mythology, E.I Fedora 18 Hyperion? Or, Fedora 19 Promethius? ----- Original Message ----- From: "William Wade" To: "CHUGALUG" Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 9:56:30 AM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Suggesting a new naming convention for Fedora releases Do we really need these code names? Really? What ever happened to Fedora ## beta? Oh right we still have it. These code names just make searching for solutions to problems harder. I say get rid of them. Need a name for yum or apt? fedora18, ubuntu1204, etc... Let me know when Fedora gets to Adamantium and I may start using it. Other than that, no comments. -- Stephen Haywood Information Security Consultant CISSP, GPEN, OSCP T: @averagesecguy W: averagesecurityguy.info

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ It would take about 50 years to run out of names using elements. Fedora releases a new version about every 6 months given that there is about 100 or more useable names from elements.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ While I agree with you that just a straight number makes a lot more sense and makes searching easier. Code names - especially stupid ones - are easier for most people to remember. Also it helps for people who are dyslexic, bad typists, or just can't spell. Spell-check will correct "Ice Creem Sandwitch" but not "Android .40" - or "Mountian Lion" but not "OS X 18.0". Numbers can be mistyped, confused, transposed, and just plain forgotten. Plus the numbers seem pretty random to most people. I mean, really - Google Chrome is on 20.0.1132.57 now. That's a LOT of meaningless numbers. But even if you cut it off at the decimal point.... 20? Has Google Chrome even been out 20 months? (I know it has - but I know it hasn't been out 20 years!) Ubuntu 12.04 - does that mean there have be 12 Ubuntus, or 1,204? Why it is always .04 or .10 (Again, you and I may know the answer - but it's pretty meaningless to most people). Words may be meaningless, too, even more so perhaps - (a Mountain Lion certainly is no upgrade from a Lion lion!) - but it gives people a visual image to hold on it. I can picture a Honeycomb - can't really picture 3.2 other than just the numbers themselves - maybe in 3D. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ You would have to use -all- mythologies to offend everyone equally. Fedora 18 Jesus, Fedora 19 Mohammed, Fedora 20 Bob, Fedora 21 Krishna..... Threadsteal: I got a ping email from Stephen Krause.. He lives! and is moving to Atlanta. Wil a Wife and Beta unit.

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Ok I agree with this and your other notes, but can we then surpress the numbering? OS X is a great example, because you have no easy way to directly find out what the code name is, but it is easy to find the number. The same is often true of Ubuntu and Fedora. Whatever is chosen I should almost never have to go lookup in a translation table. (exception being on the forums.)

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Mike Harrison : Heh... I knew he was alive. I see him on Facebook from time to time. :D

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ cool, hopefully he'll rejoin the list

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ james@computron:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ I have a solution. Use numbers but spell them out. Like version Fedora Ten, Fedora Eleven... Fedora Seventy-nine...

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ How would that help anything? You still can't picture a number. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ I can picture a number just fine. Sesame street had tons of pictures of numbers.

=============================================================== From: Dee Holtsclaw ------------------------------------------------------ Touché.