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11 January 2009, 11:09

Fedora 11 release name chosen

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The Fedora project has announced that the Fedora 11 release name has been chosen and, with 310 ballots cast, the winning name is "Leonidas". The new name beat the other contenders, Blarney, Brasilia, Claypool, Duchess, Euryalus, Indomitable and Zampone. Fedora release names require a "link" to the previous release name and in this case, Fedora 10 was called "Cambridge". According to the name suggestions page, the USS Cambridge was a ship in the Union Navy as was USS Leonidas.

The USS Leonidas was originally a whaling ship, part of the Stone Fleet, a group of ships purchased, filled with stone and then deliberately sunk in harbour mouths as part of a blockade. Fedora developers and users will probably want to think of the name more in terms of Leonidas I, king of Sparta and leader of the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, most recently recalled in the film 300.

Fedora 11 is due to be released in May with the first alpha version of Leonidas due at the start of February.


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