OpenStack releases are numbered using a YYYY.N time-based scheme. For example, the first release of 2011 will have the 2011.1 version number. During the development cycle, the release is identified using a codename. Those codenames are ordered alphabetically: Austin was the first release, Bexar is the second, Cactus the third.
These codenames are chosen after a city or county near where the last OpenStack design summit took place:
- Austin: The first design summit took place in Austin, TX
- Bexar: The second design summit took place in San Antonio, Bexar county.
- Cactus: Cactus is a city in Texas
Only single words with a maximum of 10 characters are good candidates for a name. Bonus points for sounding cool.
D release naming
The D release name will be decided by popular vote at a weekly team meeting on IRC. Since the design summit for the D release will be in Santa Clara, CA, candidates are cities and counties in California starting with a D:
E release naming
The E release name will be decided at the Santa Clara Design Summit, during the lightning talks, using the same highly-scientific voting mechanism we used for Cactus.