Re: Fedora 18 Release name voting and Poll for whether to continue naming releases

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On 04/19/2012 08:04 PM, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:

This cycle, the Board is also asking contributors to let us know if we
should continue to have release names for future Fedora releases.  Even
though the interface is the same, this portion is intended to be a poll
rather than a straight up vote.  The Fedora Board will look at the answers
to determine if enough contributors value continuing to create release names
to make it worthwhile in the future.  If it does seem desirable, the Board
will likely look into forming a working group to come up with a new method
for creating release names for future releases.

I think that we've run into the 'pet vs. cattle' dilemma, where the usefulness of meaningful/cute naming gets beaten down by quantity of objects we're dealing with. We encountered the same problem regarding naming files and then directories and computers a while ago.

It doesn't help to remember that we had a Zod release---all I can say about it is that it was long ago but I can't anchor it in sequence of releases without looking up the history of release names:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/History_of_Fedora_release_names

Android (and Debian I think) use names that have a built-in alphabetic ordering (Gingerbread->Honeycomb->IceCreamSandwich). Debian numerical scheme of 'year.month' is very pedestrian but actually my favorite because it is most useful when one needs to place things in historical context (which kernel or which version of Gnome did it use, etc.)

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