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The major Linux distributors have released kernel updates to close a critical security vulnerability, a pre-release version of Fedora 12 was made available and Debian wants more structured release cycles. There's also been commotion about a default desktop for openSUSE, while Novell announced the formation of a dedicated team for the community distribution. The CentOS project seems to have overcome its internal problems and finally released version 4.8 of the free Red Hat clone.
The Fedora project released a first (and likely the only) alpha version of Fedora 12, codenamed "Constantine", which already contains all of the major new features from the forthcoming release. In addition to a pre-release of kernel version 2.6.31, the alpha includes a developer version of X.org 7.5 including X Server 1.7. Further improvements affect the roundly criticised audio mixer for GNOME as well as PulseAudio, which now also offers UpnP MediaServer support.
On the 16th of August 1993, Ian Murdock announced the imminent release of a brand new Linux distribution. Debian, which is probably the most successful community Linux distribution of all time and the basis for other distributions such as Ubuntu, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month.