LINUX DISTRIBUTION Fedora will name its upcoming Fedora 19 release Schrödinger's Cat.
The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux distribution is a test bed for technologies that eventually appear in the firm's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. The Fedora Project announced the successor to the still unreleased Fedora 18 Spherical Cow release will be called Schrödinger's Cat.
Fedora Project leader Robyn Bergeron announced the results of a naming vote that saw options such as Loch Ness Monster, Cubical Calf and Higgs Boson lose out to Schrödinger's Cat as 391 Fedora project members voted in the ballot that had eight naming options.
The Fedora Project runs on a six month release schedule, similar to that of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution. However, unlike Ubuntu, Fedora releases reach end-of-life within 12 to 13 months. Despite the project's rapid turnaround time, it has a large following of users and supports several architectures including ARM, which is expected to form the basis for Red Hat's upcoming RHEL distribution for ARM servers in 2014.
While the Fedora Project has decided on a name for Fedora 19, its predecessor has yet to hit the mirrors. Fedora 18 is expected to appear in December, which means that Schrödinger's Cat is likely to appear sometime in June 2013. µ