Renaming F16 codename to "Ritchie" finid at
Thu Oct 13 17:07:19 UTC 2011

> Dear Board members and everyone else,
> I have just subscribed to this list in order to raise this question,
> apologies
> if I am breaking any list ettiquette. :-)
> Based on a recent (today's) death of Dennis Ritchie, the man who invented
> both
> C and UNIX (along with Kernighan and Thompson, of course), I am proposing
> a
> way for the Fedora Community to pay respects to him, in the following way.
> (1) To open a vote for the following change in the Fedora codenames:
>      * to rename the upcoming F16 release from "Verne" to "Ritchie",
>      * to rename the F17 release from "Beefy Miracle" to "Verne",
>      * to name the F18 release "Beefy Miracle".
> (2) To implement the decision reached by voting.
> Rationale:
> I believe that the death of Dennis Ritchie should be reflected in Fedora
> in
> some way, given his contributions to UNIX, C and computing in general.
> Furthermore, a codename appears to be a perfect way to pay respects.
> Specifically, I believe that the least we can do is to rename the first
> upcoming
> release of Fedora, which is F16. It will be officially supported for a
> year,
> which seems appropriate length. In addition, it will be released fairly
> soon.
> The future F17 release should be renamed "Verne" in order not to insult
> the
> great writer nor the people who voted this codename, and to restore the
> continuity of the "is a" relationship for codenames. The F18 release
> doesn't
> yet have a codename, and it seems fit that it be codenamed "Beefy
> Miracle", in
> order not to insult the voters of that name, and to keep the "is a"
> relationship.
> I also believe that this occasion warrants such kind of an exception and a
> deviation from the usual naming scheme.
> There is an ongoing discussion about this on the Fedora users list, and
> Rahul
> Sundaram pointed us to the Fedora Board as a proper list to formally make
> this
> proposal.
> I am just a simple Fedora user, contributing with occasional advices and
> some
> help on the users list, and this is my very first official contribution to
> the
> project (if it can be called a contribution). Apologies if I didn't follow
> any
> guidelines about this. This proposal is just my opinion alone, although I
> welcome everyone to support it.
> So, is this feasible? What do you think?

Good idea. +1'ed.

Fini D.

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