A Live CD allows you to test-drive the usually latest stable version of KDE SC without the need to install Linux or to change your existing Linux installation. These distributions boot and run completely from the CD and don't modify your hard disks. They can therefore be tried on a Windows computer without risk. All listed CDs are freely available for download.
A live CD version of Kubuntu Linux, Ubuntu's KDE Plasma Desktop option. Kubuntu also offers the Kubuntu Active Technology Preview, a preview of Kubuntu using the Plasma Active tablet experience.
A fast paced distro targeting users who want the latest and greatest available in the world of FOSS. Fedora KDE usually has the latest stable version of KDE in the repositories, and beta versions are usually shipped via supported extra repositories.
Based on Debian, Kudzu by Red Hat. The disk also offers installation to hard drive.
Based on Mandrake (now known as Mandriva).
Based on Slackware. With modular structure and pseudo read-write CD filesystem. Slax can be run from a USB Flash Drive. Slax has no graphical installer; if you want to install Slax on your machine, you must follow the simple instructions in the Introduction document.
It allows to try openSUSE with KDE SC and install it to hard drive.
Aptosid is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, Debian's branch (called "Sid") and many free and open source applications.
Pardus is a KDE based Linux distro which offers one of the best KDE integration. You can try out Pardus Live without installation.
|The most recent version of Pardus was released in 2011. The future of the project seems uncertain. There are signs that someone is working to revive the project, but currently the project homepage is available only in Turkish.|
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and Debian and is aimed at beginners. There are versions of Linux Mint for several desktop environments. Be sure to get the KDE version of the Linux Mint Live CD.
The Chakra Project is a promising newcommer. Originally based on Arch Linux, Chakra is focused solely on KDE workspaces. It is possible to install third party applications, as well.
Mageia is a community based distribution. It is a fork of Mandriva.
Netrunner is based on Kubuntu with it main focus on KDE, and aims to be complete operating system for both beginners and experts.
ROSA, a Russian company, offers their enterprise solution ROSA Marathon 2012 for download. The new ROSA Desktop.Fresh edition is aimed at regular desktop users.
KXStudio has a focus on audio and video production. Currently, it is based on Ubuntu and has KDE as its officially supported desktop.
Sabayon is a "rolling release" distribution, meaning that you install once and have your system upgraded as new versions of installed software is added to the distribution. Perhaps not the easiest distribution for users new to Linux.
New Live CDs and DVDs are becoming available all the time. If you've heard of a distro and think you'd like to try it, do an Internet search for it. You may well find that a Live CD is available.