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This page contains community suggestions for the Fedora 13 release name. All submissions must meet the guidelines for release names.

Leonidas → Constantine → <new name>? Constantine is a <blank>, and so is <new name>.

The link between Leonidas and Constantine was "both are townships in St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA." The link between Constantine and the new name must be different than that link, and different from any other previous link.

General links automatically rejected
General links such as "is a word" or "is a location", while technically within the scope of the rules, will most certainly be rejected by the Fedora Board. Remember, the goal is to come up with a creative link to Constantine. The following links will also likely be rejected:
  • Movie
  • Comic book character
Please try to find a truly original and obscure link!

Naming Schedule

  • Name collection: November 10 to November 16
  • List to Fedora Board: November 16 to November 21
  • Legal Review of Board approved names: November 21 to November 28
  • Community vote on final name: November 28 to December 4
  • Name announced: December 5, 2009

Name Suggestions

Please read carefully.
The instructions below will help prevent some suggestions from being eliminated early.

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 truthfully complete the sentence "Constantine is a <...>, and so is <YOUR_NAME>." The link to the new name cannot be the same as the link from Leonidas to Constantine, nor any other previous link. Mark the link in the appropriate column, such as "type of chemical reaction," "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.

Suggestion Table

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Themeable Board Approved Legal Approved !
Keating name of a figure involved in a prominent American political scandal (Keating Five, Eliot Spitzer) Checkmark.png Yes (Really? How? --PWF (Celtic patterns! --mizmo)
MacBeth Pictish King Checkmark.png Yes
Bacon name of a food, name of an artist with works on display at the Des Moines Art Center (Constantin Brâncuşi, Francis Bacon) possible conflict with Bacon Software (Suggested for F11 and couldn't be used there for the same reason. --PWF) Stop (medium size).png Yes
Fairey famous plagarist (Negative connotation --PWF) Stop (medium size).png Yes
Kennedy the first Catholic ruler of his nation/empire Warning.png
Radiohead band that recorded a Neil Young cover (Unlikely to survive legal review. --PWF) Stop (medium size).png
Gates Ivy League professor that was a victim of racism covered by the news media.
Lincoln Leader during a civil war Yes
Underwood finalist in American Idol season 4 Warning.png
Stars indie-rock band from Toronto, Canada. Yes
Dr. Who name of a doctor on Dr. Who ("The Doctor" was the character's name. Also unlikely to survive legal review. --PWF) Stop (medium size).png
Blue Ridge name of a carpet manufacturer in the Dalton, GA area Yes
Ronan name of a Cornish saint (Another religious figure? --PWF) Checkmark.png
Truro a civil parish in Cornwall Checkmark.png
Pendragon a king buried at Stonehenge. possible conflict with Pendragon Software Stop (medium size).png
Devil Constantine is a fallen person, and Devil is a fallen angel. Persons from "constantine" movie and link is "fallen" (Too many negative connotations to theme. --PWF) Stop (medium size).png Stop (medium size).png
Mephisto Constantine is a fallen person, and Mephisto is a one of names of fallen angel. Persons from "constantine" movie and link is "fallen" (Too many negative connotations to theme. --PWF) Stop (medium size).png Stop (medium size).png
Ashoka Ashoka is an Indian emperor. Ashoka is also the name of a flowering tree found in South Asia. (Constantine is not an Indian emperor. --PWF)
Rebirth There were details of rebirth in both, Old Testament and New Testament. In 325 AD, Roman King Constantine and his mother Helena deleted this chapter on rebirth.
Plato Constantine is a street name in Cainta, Rizal, Philippines and so is Plato.
Apollo Constantine is a street name in Cainta, Rizal, Philippines and so is Apollo.
Midnite Papa Midnite has a bar in the movie 'Constantine'
Gordian Roman emperor
Jovian 4th Century Roman emperor
Friday 'Constantine' was a [bad] movie, Friday 13 is a series of slasher movies. It should be called just 'Friday' to not enter in conflict with the film franchise. Yes: Plenty of opportunities: go with bright lucky charms, to balance the 'friday' and '13', or alternatively, dark, gloomy, slasher
Hellblazer Comic book and Graphic Novel series. Its central character is the streetwise magician John Constantine.
Charles Constantine was an emperor and so was Charles (IV).
Mitchell French actor/singer named "Eddy".
Ramanujan Constantine Caratheodory was a famous greek mathematician, so was Srinivasa Ramanujan (they were also of a same era) Yes, symbols
Buland Darwaza The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, so is Buland Darwaza. Yes
Megavissey Constantine Bay is in Cornwall, so is Megavissey. Yes
Commodus Roman emperor. Yes
Watergate Bay in Cornwall. Yes
Sobers Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indian allrounder, as was Sir Learie Constatine. Yes
Milan Constantine, 1st Roman emperor to support Christianity, proclaimed the Edict of Milan in 313 granting religious freedom to all.
Byzantium Constantine, 1st Roman emperor to support Christianity, created a new central, Christian city for the Roman Empire at Byzantium (later, Istanbul)
Methodius Constantine is a missionary of Christianity to the Slavs, so is Methodius
Segovia Spanish City, with to the Roman Empire engineering + Classical Guitarrist
Quilpue Constantine is a small town, in Michigan, so is Quilpue, in Chile
Stonehenge Legendary prehistoric monument where The King Constantine III was buried Please note that Stonehenge is the name of a place in the U.K. Anyone could use it
Cesar Constantine is a Roman emperor and Cesar too
Namuncura Constantine is a Saint and Ceferino Namuncurá too
Caligula Both are Roman emperors.
Butterfly * is a barber shop in london
Qin Shi Huang Controversial emperors
Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Themeable Board Approved Legal


Various connections that could be explored. "Constantine is a ..."

  • bay in the UK
  • 12th century translator
  • pope
  • antipope
  • emperor of the Roman Empire

Approval Mark Legend

Approval Mark Meaning
Checkmark.png Approved
Stop (medium size).png Rejected
Warning.png Under review

Rejected Suggestions

Name "Is a..." Tested Initial Approval Board Approved Legal Approved