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

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

  2. A Condorcet election is held to rank the names. The electorate will be Technical Committee, and the poll should be run in a maner that allows members of the community to see what each TC member voted for.

  3. 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 be a single word with a maximum of 10 characters.

Polls

Release

Coordinator

Nominations Open

Poll Open

Poll Close

Geographic Region

M

Monty Taylor

2015-06-01

2015-06-08

2015-06-15

Tokyo

N

Monty Taylor

2015-11-08

2015-11-30

2015-12-07

Texas Hill Country

O

Monty Taylor

2015-11-08

2015-11-30

2015-12-07

Catalonia

P

Monty Taylor

2016-06-22

2016-07-06

2016-07-13

New England

Q

Monty Taylor

2016-06-22

2016-07-06

2016-07-13

New South Wales

R

Monty Taylor

2017-03-22

2017-04-05

2017-04-12

British Columbia

S

Paul Belanger

2018-02-21

2018-03-14

2018-03-21

Berlin

T

Tony Breeds

2018-09-15

2018-10-15

2018-10-22

Colorado

U

Rico Lin

2019-07-01

2019-08-12

2019-08-19

China

V

Sean McGinnis

2019-11-11

2019-12-09

2019-12-16

British Columbia