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Re: Dennis Ritchie

From: Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Oct 13 2011 - 17:09:30 GMT
To: Community support for Fedora users <users@lists.fedoraproject.org>

On Thursday 13 October 2011 17:59:32 Digimer wrote:
> On 10/13/2011 12:10 PM, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> > On Thursday 13 October 2011 15:41:24 Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> >> Fedora 17 name has already been voted upon. Fedora 18 codename
> >> suggestions will be requested when Fedora 17 is about to be released
> >
> > I think it would be more appropriate to rename F16, rather than wait for
> > a whole year to pay respects to the man. Since Ritche was a key inventor
> > of both C and UNIX, I believe a case can be made to make an exception
> > and rename the first upcoming release, which will be F16.
> >
> > Rahul, can you present the case to the relevant people, maybe open a vote
> > on it so that everyone can formally state their opinion?
> >
> > My suggestion is the following:
> >
> > (1) Rename F16 to "Ritchie" (or "Dennis", whatever people like better),
> > (2) Rename F17 to "Verne" (in order not to insult the great writer),
> > (3) Rename F18 to "Beefy Miracle" (in order to keep the chain of "is a"
> > naming).
> >
> > I think that is the least Fedora Community can do to pay respects to
> > Dennis Ritchie. Opinions?
> >
> > Best, :-)
> > Marko
>
> F16 is more or less finished. To change it's name now would require
> updating RPMs which, though it would be effectively a trivial change,
> runs the risk on introducing bugs.

Oh, come on, what kind of bug could changing one string in /etc/redhat-release
ever induce? I believe it is easier (and more honorable) to rebuild the
fedora-release rpm (or is that generic-release?) for F16 and recalculate the
hash *before* F16 is released, rather than waiting for six more months to pay
respects to Ritchie. It certainly is a trivial change, technically.

Best, :-)
Marko

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