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Kwort is a modern and fast Linux distribution that combines powerful and useful applications in order to create a simple system for advanced users who finds a strong and effective desktop. Kwort is based on CRUX, so it's robust, clean and easy to extend.

Kwort 4

Kwort 4 is finally here! For those who don't know, Kwort 4 is a full x86_64 system (finally!). In the last couple of week we've been testing Kwort 4 hardly to see if everything is "stable-enough".
This new version is actually pretty awesome, fast, stable, and with the simplicity that has always characterized Kwort.
Because of the architecture switch, we have everything rebuilt from scratch, from the toolchain to the latest X11 application. And of course, our package mirror is already populated with some useful packages.
Now, the most significant technical aspects:

  • Linux kernel 3.8.5.
  • Chromium 25.0.1364.97.
  • Firefox 20.0 is available in the iso in more/xapps.
  • LibreOffice 4.0.1 is also available in more/xapps.
  • Our new installation system, as the system in general got a significant speed up because of the architecture upgrade.
  • Of course, our system remains light and clean as Kwort users like it.


As always, I would like to thank the people who helped making Kwort as good as it is, some in more ways than others:

  • My good old friend, Andreas Schipplock, as always for replicating the image to the main hosting and for testing.
  • Our infrastructure providers, the people from PGHosting and Ricardo Brisighelli for the package mirror and development environment in the UNR.
  • As usual, a big thanks to the CRUX people for developing it, as it is the system Kwort is based on; CRUX 3 made this version really easy to build.
  • And of course, the people who develop every project Kwort makes use of. A SUPER THANK YOU.


I really encourage you all to join Kwort's mailing list to ask questions, request features, make suggestions or help other users: http://groups.google.com/group/kwort-linux
You can also jump in our IRC channel to talk about anything you want and stay in touch with the people behind Kwort: irc://irc.oftc.net/Kwort

You can get the latest Kwort from here:



Kwort 3.5 released

Finally Kwort 3.5 as arrived. We have been testing this release for a month and it was needed just one public release candidate to get a known bugs free system. Those who installed rc1 can upgrade to the final version with kpkg.
In this version release our system got a complete update, from the toolchain to the latest X11 application. And something really important... This might be the last i686 version, as we are planning in moving to x86_64 in our next release.
We are rolling this release with Linux 3.5.4, the latest stable version of Chromium (Firefox is available in the iso in more/xapps). The latest LibreOffice is also available in the iso (more/xapps) for you to install with kpkg.
Most noticeable changes are in the installer and kpkg, as both got a speed up (my personal thanks to Andreas Schipplock for all these improvements), and also I gave kpkg the ability to upgrade a single package or the whole system plus fixed some bugs. Ext4 has now become the default filesystem. Also our new images are processed with isohybrid which make it suitable for burning on a CD or putting on a USB drive.
As always, the system remains light and clean as Kwort users like it.
As always, I would like to thank the people who helped making Kwort as good as it is, some in more ways than others:

  • My good old friend, Andreas Schipplock, as always for maintaining the website, for testing every iso image I gave him, testing packages and building new packages available in the mirror with kpkg.
  • Our infrastructure providers, the people from PGHosting and Ricardo Brisighelli for the package mirror and development environment in the UNR.
  • As usual, a big thanks to the CRUX people for developing it, as it is the system Kwort is based on; CRUX 2.8 made this version really easy to build.

And of course, the people who develop every project Kwort makes use of. THANK YOU.

I really encourage you all to join Kwort's mailing list to ask questions, request features, make suggestions or help other users: http://groups.google.com/group/kwort-linux
You can also jump in our IRC channel to talk about anything you want and stay in touch with the people behind Kwort: irc://irc.oftc.net/Kwort

You can get the latest Kwort from here:



Kwort 3.2 is finally here

Almost a year passed since Kwort's last stable release, and today I'm rolling out a new release of our system. There's nothing new that you should be aware of if you already know the system. This is a major upgrade of almost every software included in Kwort 3.14 except the toolchain.
Perhaps the most noticeable changes might be the move from OpenOffice to LibreOffice, a new shiny 3 kernel series, Firefox 7.0.1 (not installed by default but you can install it from the iso image) and the latest version of Chromium.
Other than what's noticeable, there are tons of improvements under the hood, like the inclusion of lvm2 and mdadm for logical volume management and raid support, the ext4 filesystem supported in the installation and some nice improvements in kpkg. Also the installation system was improved allowing you to install from usb devices and some bugs from our previous release were fixed.
More features had been added, and as always, the system remains light and clean as Kwort users like it.

As always, I would like to thank the people who helped making Kwort as good as it is, some in more ways than others:

  • Andreas Schipplock as always for maintaining the website, building packages and testing beta releases.
  • Our infrastructure providers, the people from PGHosting and Ricardo Brisighelli for the package mirror in the UNR.
  • As usual, a big thanks to the CRUX people for developing it, as it is the system Kwort is based on.
  • Testers: Frédéric Bassaler, Emiliano Dalla Verde Marcozzi. They did an amazing job in this release so you all can have a pleasant experience.
  • All the people in the mailing list who reported bugs and also to those who requested more features (without you, Kwort would have never improved).
  • And of course, the people who develop every project Kwort makes use of. THANK YOU.


I really encourage you all to join Kwort's mailing list to ask questions, request features, make suggestions or help other users: http://groups.google.com/group/kwort-linux
You can also jump in our IRC channel to talk about anything you want and stay in touch with the people behind Kwort: irc://irc.oftc.net/Kwort

You can get the latest Kwort from here:



Kwort 3.14

I'm pleased to announce that Kwort 3.14 has finally arrived.
This version includes a completely new toolchain and the 2.6.35.7 vanilla kernel as a base system. Our init system keeps booting pretty fast but still there's some room for improvement. All our desktop applicacion were updated and we have changed some major applications.

First of all, we are not shipping firefox as our default browser but chromium. I tried it almost a year ago and a week later it became my default browser. It's pretty fast and the build I'm shipping with this release is very stable (actually I haven't a crash since I installed it). Of course, for those who enjoy firefox, there's a build in the mirror already that can be installed with kpkg.

The second point is that we are shipping a completely new version of kpkg rewritten in C. There was some designs flaws (I blogged about this a couple of months ago on here) on the previous versions of kpkg because it was written in bash, there was two solutions to our problems, encapsulate everything into busybox or rewrite it in C, the first solution wasn't the best so I went for the second one. The rewrite took some time, but did an amazing job.
Databases are now stored in "kdb" files that you have to install with kpkg (kpkg instkdb file.kdb). That will allow you to install new packages from different mirrors. (See more details in the Package system documentation).
The new kpkg use sqlite3 as a database backend, libarchive to uncompress packages, libcurl to download packages, and it's hosted on google code, so anyone can download the code and improve it (patches are welcome).
To avoid all other problems, kpkg is static compiled so you'll see that it's a little bigger than before (almost 3mb).
The next step for kpkg is to provide a metapackages support.

As always, I would like to thank the people who helped in this release of Kwort, some in more ways than others, but everyone putted their effort:

  • Andreas Schipplock as always for making and maintaining the website.
  • Our infrastructure providers, the people from PGHosting and Ricardo Brisighelli for the package mirror in the UNR. The last one has improved a lot and helped me to develop Kwort way faster than other times, so thanks again Ricardo.
  • A big thanks to the CRUX people for developing it, as it is the system Kwort is based on.
  • The people who develop every project Kwort makes use of. And I hope I didn't forget anyone.


As usual, if you need support, help, or you just feel like talking about Kwort (or anything else), or you just want to meet the people who is behind Kwort, you can join us on IRC or our Google group:

I rather suggest you to join our Google group as I'm not always online on IRC (you know... some time people have to work :-))

You can download the ISO image and the MD5 checksum from the Download section:



Kwort 3 final

As some of you might have noticed, Kwort switched direction. In case you don't (I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago) I'll try to explain the reason of this.

Since Kwort 1.4, we tried to provide an easy to use system with a nice desktop and lots of new features with every release. Kwort 2.4.1 kinda was our "best" effort trying to achieve that. One year back in time when Kwort 2.4.1 was released we were convinced that doing simple things was the right way (as we always thought) but some things didn't allow us to do things in "the simple and best way".

That really pissed us a lot... There are some things that didn't work in a generic way. A simple example of that is the ability to set up wireless drivers. Though the kwort network manager did a great work with this issue we couldn't handle all the available firmware files and kernel options or even patches to get a stable and compatible system running all possible wireless chips. Our team is just too small to handle the big amount of testing that will be needed to ensure things are behaving like expected.

So we decided to target a different user group which is able to get their hands dirty when it comes to system configuration and kernel compilation. This way we can concentrate on a more specific and lighter system where advanced users can build their desired system on.

So Kwort is aimed at advanced users now, we dropped Xfce and bring now openbox plus some desktop tools, like tint2 and wbar (the last one is optional). And we couldn't do that without having a good Documentation. The documentation wasn't an issue back when Kwort kinda did everything by itself but now it is, so there's a Documentation section in the left pane where there is info related to kpkg, the init system, setup, etc.
There is also a FAQ that needs to be populated with questions and answers, so we would like you to send us your questions in order to help others, too. But please, check the documentation first to see if your question isn't already answered in there before sending us one.

We are very proud of what Kwort 3 has become. This version includes a completely new toolchain and the 2.6.31 vanilla kernel as a base system. The init system was completely rewritten (based now on the CRUX one), so now is it is simpler, faster and easier to setup. We are not providing a desktop environment anymore, just openbox+tint2 with some applications already known by the Kwort users (firefox, epdfview, xchat, pidgin, amule, audacious, mplayer, openoffice, etc). kpkg has improved thanks to user testing and now some features that were broken in the past does work (like upgrading). The kwtools were stripped in this version, as only kpkg and makepkg are included, while the kwort network manager and the kwort user manager were left out.

As always, I would like to thank the people who helped in this release of Kwort, some in more ways than others, but everyone putted their effort:

  • Andreas Schipplock as always for making and maintaining the website (as you can see now, the website is completely different adjunsting more to our needs), mirroring the Kwort iso image.
  • The mirror providers as usual, the people from PGHosting and Ricardo Brisighelli for the package mirror in the UNR.
  • A big thanks to the CRUX people for developing it, as Kwort is based on CRUX now.
  • The people who develop every project Kwort makes use of. I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

As usual, if you need support, help, or you just feel like talking about Kwort (or anything else), or you just want to meet the people who is behind Kwort, you can join us on IRC or our Google group:


You can download the ISO image and the MD5 checksum from the Download section: