Will Fedora End Linux Distro Naming?

Linux fedora 17 Beefy Miracle

From the ‘What’s In an Name’ files:

Linux distro names started to get ‘weird’ when Ubuntu arrived on the scenes with Weirdly Wacky African-inspired Animal names. Other distros, notably Fedora have taken a more democratic approach where community members vote on the release name, but that could soon change. “

“This cycle, the Board is also asking contributors to let us know if we should continue to have release names for future Fedora releases,” Fedora developer Toshio Kuratomi wrote.

The vote on whether or not to keep the release name is up at : https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/poll-rel-names?_csrf_token=928860207074e832cfa15954a898f863025d2d53

The poll on the merits of Fedora keeping a naming structure comes as the community is about to vote on some of the silliest names yet. The upcoming Fedora 17 release is called the Beefy Miracle and Fedora 18 will need to be a name that is somehow related.

Fedora community members now get to vote on the following names:

  • Chamoy
  • Frankfurter
  • Halva
  • Ketchy Ketchup
  • Pamukkale
  • Pop Soda
  • Spherical Cow
  • Tandoori Chicken

Yeaah, I know. It will be interesting to see how the naming poll works and whether or not Fedora distro releases will simply become numbered (yet nameless) releases.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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