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This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 11 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Sulphur -> Cambridge -> <blank>? Cambridge is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Sulphur and Cambridge was "both are cities." The link between Cambridge and the new name must be different than that link.

Naming Schedule

  • Name collection: Dec 2, 2008 - Dec 8, 2008
  • List to Fedora Board: Dec 9, 2008 - Dec 15, 2008
  • Board approved list to Legal: Dec 16, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009
  • Community vote on final name: Jan 5, 2009 - Jan 9, 2009
  • Name announced: Jan 10, 2009

Name Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Board Approved Legal Approved
Phlogiston is a theory like Cambridge Theory of distribution Google search for +software, +computer, +IT, +hardware turned up nothing obvious. Checkmark.png
Fredrikshald is a bay on Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada, as is Cambridge Bay Google search for +software, +computer, +IT, +hardware turned up nothing obvious, other bays on Victoria Island caused numerous hits since they were English names. Checkmark.png
CabbageSoup is a diet, so is Cambridge nothing obvious
YoungHeart is a soccer club in New Zealand. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT
Windsor is a British Dukedom that was created for an abdicated king because Dukedom of Cambrdige was extant at the time Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (conflict with an IT service firm:
Hamline is a university. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (there is a university with the same name)
Oxford is a university in England Nothing obvious at first search
Helsinki as Cambridge, is a university and city in Finland Linux 1.0 was published in March 1994 here, and Fedora 11 will mark the 15th anniversary.
Claddagh is a type of Ring Nothing obvious as top hits
Nebula is a strange name for Fedora release. Nothing obvious
Dictator was a ship in the Union navy No apparent conflicts (probably for obvious reasons) Checkmark.png
Leonidas was a ship in the Union navy No apparent conflicts Checkmark.png
Claypool Actors in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (Ed Cambridge, Les Claypool) Google search +software, +computer (small business in Arizona), +Linux, +IT Checkmark.png
Gokyo Cambridge is door to higher education so is Gokyo door to zenith of world No conflict
Persian is a shade of blue Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT - dominated by use as an adjective rather than in any product names Checkmark.png
Catania is one of the oldest universities of Sicily NO conflict
Hazzard part of the "dukes of..." title Nothing obviously conflicting
Zampone type of sausage Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows nothing obvious in top hits
Blood also a type of sausage (and think of the artwork!) Nothing obvious
Fanbore is a compound word which consists of an electrically driven device and a construction Nothing found on Google
Athens Cambridge is where the oldest American university is located, Athens where the oldest, public American university is located USPTO lists 97 trademark inclusions, all that are related to software or similar technology are cancelled or dead. Other considerations are Williamsburg (second oldest American) or Chapel Hill (debatable as the oldest public, American and also in NC near Red Hat HQ). I like Athens the most because it's short (2 syllables like most of the prior names), begins with "A" (the next generation of Fedora) and links to many things outside American influence (which should please our European colleagues).
Occidental Also a college Nothing found on Google
Sapienza It is the largest European university and the most ancient of the city of Rome. ("Sapienza" means "knowledge") Nothing obvious
Galápagos is a place central to Charles Darwins discovery of natural selection, so is Cambridge Nothing found on Google
Kalasasaya is the name of an ancient temple that refers a solid rock. Google search +Kalasasaya
Alcalá Spanish university founded in 1499 -- birthplace of Cervantes No apparent conflicts
Yo-Yo is a term used to describe a form of dieting. Some google hits about the XO, no conflicts as far as I can tell
Euryalus is the name of a British Royal Navy ship that (to add a bit more historical interest) served as flagship to admirals that served under Horatio Nelson at major actions. (Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, who fought alongside Nelson at Trafalgar, transferred his flag from the Royal Sovereign to the Euryalus briefly after the Royal Sovereign was taken under tow and Admiral Sir Thomas Graves, who fought alongside Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen, used the Cambridge as his flaghip during the Spanish armament) Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows nothing obvious in top hits
Imperial Cambridge is a university, and so is Imperial (College, London).
Plantin Cambridge (university press) is a historical press so is Plantin Press in antwerp see and
Edsac Cambridge is an early computer so is Edsac Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows no obvious trademark conflict and EDSAC was an acronym and presumably not a trademark
Pancetta Cambridge is a kind of diet, as is a 'Pancetta' diet (italian). Mmm. Atkins
Universe Universe is a location, and Cambridge is, too. Plus, our universe is blue! Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows no obvious conflict
Trinity Cambridge has a College named Trinity as there is a University Trinity in San Antonio Texas.
π π (Pi) is deeply connected with science, as well as Cambridge Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows no obvious conflict

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 complete the sentence "Cambridge is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Cambridge to Sulphur. Mark the link in the appropriate column, such as "river in Kazakhstan," "deep-sea organism."
    • Don't choose obvious links, because they usually result in uninteresting names.
    • Don't choose very general names or unclear links.
    • 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 approval columns. These are reserved for the approval authorities such as the Board and Red Hat Legal.

Rejected Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Board Approved Legal Approved
Stonehenge is a famous British landmark Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (conflict with an IT service firm: (conflict with software company: (conflict with well-known Perl consultancy: Stop (medium size).png
Wroclaw is an education city (Wroclaw university of technology, Wroclaw University etc) like Cambridge Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (reuses the 'city' link that is forbidden) Stop (medium size).png
Yaxn is "Plus, More" in Mamaindé language - Mamaindé is a brazilian indian tribe Mamaindé dictionary - (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Bacon George Cambridge is Knight Grand Cross and Francis Bacon is also a Knight (conflict with software company Stop (medium size).png
Bacon is a cut of meat taken from the sides, belly, or back of a pig that has been cured, smoked, or both. Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT Pass (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Alexandria was a library/research institution and is a university Book management software for GNOME, library management software ( (conflict with software products) Stop (medium size).png
Hewish He's a british radio astronomer who has discovered the pulsars. He has worked in Cambridge University. Nothing obvious (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Puppis A star (actually L2 Puppis) researched by Cambridge University in 1881 which was determined to have bands in it's was also considered, at that time, to be the southern most object ever observed from that location No conflicts found on Google (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Glasses is a creation from 1284 Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT (Cambridge University was founded around 1209 - 1284 was the founding of Peterhouse college, some time later) (incorrect factual information) Stop (medium size).png
Paisley Caves source of interesting coprolites Google search +software, +computer, +Linux, +IT shows nothing obvious in top hits (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Commodore ... a personal computer from the 1980's as was Cambridge (aka Sinclair) Commodore is also a common word in English so it is fairly safe (obvious conflict with computer related technology) Stop (medium size).png
Somerville Cambridge is a city near Boston, and so is Somerville. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png
Tokyo Cambridge is a city with several prestigious universities in it, and so is Tokyo. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png
Boston Cambridge is a city on the MBTA subway system, and so is Boston. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png
Lexington Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County in Massachusetts, and so is Lexington. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png
Eagle Only freedom. (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
Canterbury Cambridge is a city in the UK that was once invaded by the Romans, and so is Canterbury. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png
Longfellow American educator and poet. Famous resident of Cambridge, MA (does not meet the 'is a' link rule) Stop (medium size).png
New York Cambridge contains an area named Central Square, as does New York. (reuses forbidden city link) Stop (medium size).png