Release Naming

Each OpenStack development cycle has a code-name that is proposed and chosen by the community. This name is frequently used in preference to version numbers to refer to the release at the end of the cycle. The process of choosing the name should be an enjoyable activity for the community to mark the software development cycle, and the name itself should be fun to use.

Because the name will become associated with OpenStack, and a particular release, the process should consider potential issues of trademark.

Release Naming Process

The Technical Committee will designate an official to be responsible for executing the release naming process, which consists of the following steps:

  1. The process to chose the name for a release begins once the location of the summit that takes place during the development cycle of the release to be named is announced.

  2. Anyone may propose a name that matches the Release Name Criteria. Proposed names should be added to a page on the OpenStack wiki.

  3. The marketing community may identify any names of particular concern from a marketing standpoint and discuss such issues publicly on the Marketing mailing list. The marketing community may produce a list of problematic items (with citations to the mailing list discussion of the rationale) to the election official. This information will be communicated during the election, but the names will not be removed from the poll.

  4. After the close of nominations, the election official will finalize the list of proposed names and publicize it. In general, the official should strive to make objective determinations as to whether a name meets the Release Name Criteria, but if subjective evaluation is required, should be generous in interpreting the rules. It is not necessary to reduce the list of proposed names to a small number.

  5. The election official, in consultation with the TC, should remove from the list any name that feedback suggests would be culturally inappropriate in any sector of the OpenStack community. The purpose of naming the release after a geographical feature is in part to honor the host city, and we owe it to our hosts not to associate them with terms that unwittingly conflict with the Code of Conduct’s goal to be considerate once we are aware of them.

  6. Once the list is finalized and publicized, a one-week period shall elapse before the start of the election so that any names removed from consideration because they did not meet the Release Name Criteria may be discussed. Names erroneously removed may be re-added during this period, and the Technical Committee may vote to add exceptional names (which do not meet the standard criteria).

  7. A Condorcet election is held to rank the names. The poll will be public, with the voting URL communicated through OpenStack mailing-lists (openstack-discuss and openstack-foundation). The poll will include the names along with any links to mailing list discussions provided by the marketing community.

  8. The Foundation will perform a trademark check on the winning name. If there is a trademark conflict, then the Foundation will proceed down the ranked list of Condorcet results until a name without a trademark conflict is found. This will be the selected name.

Release Name Criteria

The following rules are designed to provide some consistency in the pattern used to select release names, provide a fun challenge in finding names that meet the criteria, and prevent unwieldy names from being chosen.

  1. Each release name must start with the letter of the ISO basic Latin alphabet following the initial letter of the previous release, starting with the initial release of “Austin”. After “Z”, the next name should start with “A” again.

  2. The name must be composed only of the 26 characters of the ISO basic Latin alphabet. Names which can be transliterated into this character set are also acceptable.

  3. The name must refer to the physical or human geography of the region encompassing the location of the OpenStack summit for the corresponding release. The exact boundaries of the geographic region under consideration must be declared before the opening of nominations, as part of the initiation of the selection process.

  4. The name must be a single word with a maximum of 10 characters. Words that describe the feature should not be included, so “Foo City” or “Foo Peak” would both be eligible as “Foo”.

  5. The name must refer to the name of the geographic feature, not merely describe the generic type of geographic feature (e.g. “City” or “Peak” would not be eligible in the above example). This does not prevent an otherwise eligible name that also happens to be another type of geographic feature (e.g. “Hill Street” would be eligible as “Hill”, but not as “Street”).

Names which do not meet these criteria but otherwise sound really cool should be added to a separate section of the wiki page and the TC may make an exception for one or more of them to be considered in the Condorcet poll. The naming official is responsible for presenting the list of exceptional names for consideration to the TC before the poll opens.




Nominations Open

Poll Open

Poll Close

Geographic Region


Monty Taylor






Monty Taylor




Texas Hill Country


Monty Taylor






Monty Taylor




New England


Monty Taylor




New South Wales


Monty Taylor




British Columbia


Paul Belanger






Tony Breeds






Rico Lin