Kwort Linux Changelog

New in version 4.1

July 9th, 2014
  • Linux kernel 3.13.7.
  • Chromium 34.0.1847.132 and Firefox 30.0 are both installed by default.
  • LibreOffice 4.2.2 is also available in more/xapps.
  • As usual our system remains light and clean as Kwort users like it.

New in version 4 (May 6th, 2013)

  • 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.

New in version 3.5 (November 17th, 2012)

  • 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.

New in version 3.5 RC1 (November 10th, 2012)

  • We are rolling this release with Linux 3.5.4, the latest 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. Ext4 has become the default filesystem (this is why we are using Linux 3.5.4). 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.

New in version 3.2 (November 2nd, 2011)

  • 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.

New in version 3 Pre-Release (October 16th, 2009)

  • 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 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.

New in version 2.4.1 (April 10th, 2009)

  • Kwort’s init system: From 2.4, the init system has evolved keeping its simplicity but providing some new features.
  • Linux 2.6.28.7: A lot of hardware support was included since the kernel included in Kwort 2.4.
  • Kpkg: The new version of kpkg include several new features as the adoption of multi-mirror support.
  • Kwort User Manager: Re-written from scratch it Provides a simple way to create and remove users with a new interface.
  • Kwort Network Manager: Also re-written from scratch, allows you to configure your network (wired and wireless), as manage your dns and hostname system. It also allows you to switch wireless drivers.
  • Xfce: This new version brings a lot of changes under the hood making the desktop more extensible.
  • Audacious: This is the default music player since Kwort 2.4.1 allowing you to play your music in a very simple way.
  • Our new Google group (http://groups.google.com/group/kwort-linux): Ok, this has nothing to do with something included in the release, but it allows the developers behind Kwort to communicate between them and also with the users (who are what Kwort is all about).