In a surprise upset, the Fedora Project has chosen "Verne" for Fedora 16's release name, beating out Beefy Miracle — despite strong support from former Fedora Project Leaders Paul Frields and Max Spevack.
Despite Spevack's promise to organize a wiener roast at Southeast LinuxFest 2011 and wear a hotdog hat, the vote came in with Verne ahead of Beefy Miracle by 542 votes. (Fedora uses range voting, rather than a simple majority voting system for release names.)
To be frank, I don't relish reporting this at all. The Beefy Miracle movement, if I may call it that, had a lot of momentum behind it — something that's a good boost for any FOSS project. Verne may be a more "respectable" codename (after Jules Verne) but did it have its own Fedora Respin? I don't think so. A full fledged campaign and Facebook page? t-shirts? Nope.
But majority rules, and they've voted for Verne. Beefy Miracle supporters will have to settle for second, though perhaps it will make a comeback someday. Other rejected names for the release include Omoto (Okinawa's tallest mountain), and Nepia (after George Nepia — a New Zealand athlete). Fedora release names are suggested by the community and must have a novel "is-a" connection to the prior release name.
Fedora 15, codenamed Lovelock, should be out in May.
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years covering IT. Formerly the openSUSE Community Manager for Novell, Brockmeier is a longtime free and open source software advocate. He has written for many publications, including Linux Magazine, Sys Admin, Linux Pro Magazine, IBM developerWorks, Linux.com, CIO.com, Linux Weekly News, ZDNet, and many others.