From the ‘Where’s Beefy Miracle?’ files:
It’s that time of year again – when the Fedora community is asked to come up with the name of an upcoming Fedora release. This time it’s Fedora 17, which won’t be out until 2012.
Fedora 16 is currently set for release on November 1st and has the codename Verne.
The way that the Fedora naming system works is that there is supposed to be some kind of connection in name to the previous release. The Fedora 15 release was codenamed Lovelock.
“The link between Lovelock and Verne was “both are names of futurologists,” the Fedora wiki explains. “The link between Verne and the new Fedora 17 release name must be different than that link, and different from any other previous link.”
There are already some great names listed on the Fedora wiki as possible candidates for Fedora 17. My personal favorite is:
No, this is not a reference to Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of NCC-1701D and E in Star Trek:TNG. The Fedora wiki notes:
Auguste Piccard was a Swiss physicist, inventor and explorer and invented a deep boat called Bathyscaphe – btw this would be a great name as well – which reached a record maximum depth of about 11,000 meters.
The Fedora Project is accepting name ideas until September 20th.