Release   Release Name 
 and their betas 
 Release Notes/ 
 README file date 
    DoYear   Interval 
9 Shrike
phoebe, phoebe two
Mar 31 2003
Press release
here 90 182
8.0 Psyche
limbo, limbo two
((null))
Sept 30 2002
Press release
here 273 147
7.3 Valhalla
roswell, roswell two,
pensacola*
May 6 2002
Press release - 5/6/02
here 126 196
7.2 Enigma
skipjack
Oct 22 2001
Press release - 10/22/01
here 295 201
7.1 Seawolf
wolverine, fisher
Apr 4 2001
Press release - 4/16/01
here 94 219
7.0 Guinness
pinstripe
Aug 28 2000
Press release - 9/25/00
here 240 173
6.2 Zoot
piglet
Mar 8 2000
Troan post - 3/27/00
here 67 173
6.1 Cartman
lorax
Sep 26 1999
Press release - 10/4/99
here 269 160
6.0 Hedwig
starbuck, bluesky
Apr 19 1999 here 109 189
5.2 Apollo
Oct 12 1998 here 285 158
5.1 Manhattan
May 7 1998 here 127 168
5.0 Hurricane
thunderbird, mustang
Nov 10 1997 here 314 200
4.2 Biltmore Apr 24 1997 here 114  
4.1 Vanderbilt Feb 03 1997 here  
4.0 Colgate
rembrandt
Oct 03 1996 here  
3.0.3 Picasso Mar 15 1996 here  
2.1 NoName 2 offline here  
2.0 NoName offline here  
1.1   Mother's Day - late   offline here  
1.0 Mother's Day offline here    
0.9 Halloween Oct 31 1994 here    
0.8 Preview Summer 1994 here    
  If one does the math, the release interval which Red Hat strives to attain is pretty clear. IANARHE -- I Am Not A Red Hat Employee -- but six plus-or-minus one month from the last prior is a pretty good historical average. Release Notes or the README precede the formal release date.

See also: The Truth behind Red Hat [version] names.
Smooge II - local


Updates, and external (no NDA material, please) links for formal release announcements and earlier versions are appreciated to: info@owlriver.com

Pretty obviously, transitions have been taken on seriously tortured logical connections -- painters to toothpaste early on.

Favorite Beta Names or Releases, and for the beta's, the Release they preceeded

Name preceeding
bluesky 6.0
fisher 7.1 - 31 Jan 2001
limbo 8.0 - 03 Jul 2002
limbo - two 8.0 -
lorax 6.1 - 06 Sep 1999 (python Anaconda)
mustang 5.0 - 07 Oct 1997
((null)) 8.0 - - no redhat-watch-list announcement
((null)) - two 8.0 - 19 Aug 2002
pensacola 7.3 AS - 27 Feb 2002
phobe 9 - 31 Mar 2003
piglet 6.2 - 09 Feb 2000
pinstripe 7.0 - 31 Jul 2000
rembrandt 4.0
roswell 7.3 - 02 Aug 2001
roswell - two 7.3
Shrike 9 - 31 Mar 2003
skipjack 7.2 - 22 Mar 2002
starbuck 6.0 - 17 Mar 1999
thunderbird 5.0 - 27 Aug 1997 - first formal Beta released externally per Smooge
wolverine 7.1 - 22 Feb 2001


This listing alphabetical
fisher 7.1fisher, wolverine and Seawolf - assumedly each related to maritime concepts and possibly US naval vessels (one USS Wolverine was a side-paddle wheel vessel, converted for sea aircraft carrier training operations in WW II; the USS Seawolf was a submarine lost in WW II; no WW II era US Navy vessel Fisher is known, but USNS FISHER (T-AKR 301), a cargo ship of the US Navy exists); but see: Cave Fisher, Sea Wolf, and Wolverine from the "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons,Monstrous Manual 2nd Edition". Or is it an editorial comment that Carrie Fisher ('Princess Leia') and Alec Guinness ('Obi Wan Kenobi') protrayed characters in the "Star Wars" saga? Or a run of: fisher-man, wolv-man, and sea-man/wolf-man?
limbo 8.0and ((null))-ity are perhaps forms of a purgatory in the afterlife, and follow the Norse Valhalla, and precede Psyche, another concept from Greek mythology
lorax 6.1followed Hedwig, each being a character from the 'Dr Seuss' reading primers
mustang 5.0and thunderbird were both US Ford Motor Company 'break-out' concept cards, quite popular even today in early models to collectors
((null)) 8.0((see limbo))
pensacola AS 2.1home of a US Naval Air Station where the 'Blue Angels', at which the Navy precision flying team, is based
phoebe ??? TBD ???followed Psyche. In this case, however accompanied in time by the announcement that NBC had just reached terms with the cast of 'Friends' [wherein a like named character is found] on an contract extension ... how boring.

Another take -- it preceded Shrike -- the so-called Thorn bird which eats ecosystem competition in Europe, or a rather nasty science fiction character.
piglet 6.2an unassuming character from the A.A.Milne children's book
pinstripe 7.0pinstripe followed Zoot --each being a style of man's dress clothing
rembrandt 4.0and Colgate -- toothpastes in the US domestic market
roswell 7.3following Pensacola -- were the UFO's in New Mexico just military training flights?
skipjack 7.2and enigma -- failed ciphers from US and German commercial crypto development (Enigma having been adopted from a commonly available commercial system with minor modifications by the Nazi military branches)
starbuck 6.0following Apollo, each characters in 'Battlestar Galactica'
thunderbird 5.0(see mustang)
wolverine 7.1symbol of the University of Michigan -- Go Blue

From: our compilation, http://redhat.dulug.duke.edu/pub/redhat/linux/beta/, http://freshrpms.net/redhat.html
Also: here, a post by a Justin Mason archived

* - Strictly, pensacola was not for Red Hat Linux.