Spherical Cows

Yesterday the results of the Fedora 18 release name election were announced. Fedora 18 is going to be called Spherical Cow. Wait, what? Yes, Spherical Cow. “/doh” by Hobvias Sudoneighm (striatic on Flickr), used under a CC-BY 2.0 license. Tatica broke the news about the Fedora 18 release name in Vienna to Emichan and me and we have been discussing it tonight. We all have some concerns with it. Spherical Cows Falling Flat Fellow Fedorans, don’t you think this has gone a step too far now? We don’t want to Fedora to be a joke, right? What message are we sending about Fedora with these kinds of names? Even if we had the best, most amazing artwork ever paired with a flawless user experience, don’t you think a name like ‘Spherical Cow’ makes it seem as if we as a community don’t care about Fedora or that we don’t believe Fedora is something to be taken seriously? If we believe in free software and we want users to adopt it, how can we convince them to take it seriously with names like this? “Beefy Miracle,” as Tatica pointed out, has been a challenge for Spanish-speaking Fedora Ambassadors to explain to …