How does RHEL come up with its codename for various versions like RHEL 8 is Ootpa, RHEL 7 is Maipo, RHEL 6 is Santiago and so on ?
For example , Debian versions are named after characters from Toy Story movies (Buzz, Woody, Buster, Bullseye ...)
I just asked @philip_sweany about this last week and he said it was the Appalachian Trail nickname for Tim Burke, one of the founders of RHEL and former (now retired) leader of RHEL engineering.
Going back to RHEL 8, if you're wondering how you get from "Larry Troan" to "ootpa", back when Eric Troan was Red Hat's first head engineer and working on Red Hat Linux, his account was "ewt". When his father joined Red Hat as a TAM and later as Engineering Partner Manager, well, he was "ewt's pa" => "ootpa". Larry was a great guy, and was a key factor in Red Hat's early successes.