Had to think of the cartoon on http://www.dudelol.com/how-democracy-works/ when I heard that #Fedora 18 will be called "Spherical Cow" (http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003067.html).

I tend to think that name is nearly as bad as "Beefy Miracle" (the codename Fedora 17 has). And I think the link between the two (¹) is nearly as dubious as the one between F16 and F17 :-/

I got the feeling the codenames for Fedora(²) (and RHL) that were selected by some Red Hat engineers internally tended to be better more often than those that got selected by Fedora contributors in a vote. I wonder if Fedora should get (back?) to a model where a few experienced and a few new contributors (those that do a lot of work) get to suggest names (with input from the community) and decide the final one when legal gave their blessing to a few. Sure, that is not a democratic way, but hey, there is a reasons why meritocratic is used in so many open source projects.

BTW, found it interesting how Intel works out names:
http://freepress.intel.com/community/news/blog/2012/04/19/origin-of-a-codename-ivy-bridge

(¹) from http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Name_suggestions_for_Fedora_18
> A beefy miracle is something that has never been observed and so is a
> spherical cow. (Actually, what exactly is the difference between a beefy
> miracle and an "ordinary" miracle?)"

(²) http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/History_of_Fedora_release_names
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