block on name

george2 george2 at
Fri Apr 27 18:55:26 UTC 2012

I present a request to not move to release F17 until the release name 
is changed in the released code.
I appreciate the comments public and private but it remains that this 
name may do considerable harm.

There is not formal criterion for a blocker bug. So I appeal to this 
group, as the last in the community, to present their decision that 
the release is not yet ready, for humanitarian reasons.
You would block if there was a flaw in an important technical element, 
but Fedora is more than technology, it is a community.

Most who communicated with me believe this is not the place to raise 
this request. That iis too late in the process. The name process was 
discussed by the "board" and they declined to address the concerns 
raised and defer to address naming and word meaning and connotations 
at a future release. If this had been flushed-out when the warning was 
raised, it would not have impacted the placement of the objected-to 
name in so many places and documentation and release notes. I was not 
part of those initial dialogs.

Some have said to me that it cannot be stopped because "legal" or some 
other group did not object so it is ok for Testing to assume ok. But 
also note that few women are involved in the approval processes. The 
banking crises was in part formed by many individuals sensing 
something wasn't right but did not take any personal responsibility to 

Consider please:
   if one headmaster says the release is inappropriate to use in the 
teaching or desktop situation;
   if one religious leader objects to its use in that the supporting 
material for the name says "this is your new god"
   if one advocate of equality for women speaks up
   if one government department says its use violates discrimination 
in the workplace laws
   if one parent objects
        and it is picked up by the press....

I don't know the future, but I think that releasing with this name has 
the potential to be a destroyer of the momentum that the contributors 
to Fedora with the support of RedHat have worked to build.

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