Live CDs - a way to choose your distro

From KDE UserBase Wiki

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.

KDE Neon

KDE Neon is a KDE project that provides the latest versions of KDE software on top of the latest LTS version of Ubuntu. There are two versions of KDE Neon: the User Edition that comes with the latest released versions of KDE software, and the Developer Edition based on pre-release versions. With the Developer edition you have the choice between using the stable or the unstable branch.



A live CD version of Kubuntu. Kubuntu is a community distribution based on Ubuntu. There is even a own section dedicated for Kubuntu here on Userbase.



openSUSE no longer offers a live cd of its regular distribution. However, there are live cd's based on the regular distributions but giving you the very latest development versions of KDE software:

openSUSE Argon is based on openSuse Leap (the stable distribution) while openSuse Krypton is based on openSUSE Tumbleweed (the rolling distribution).



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.

Fedora download page

Fedora Kinoite

Fedora Kinoite is an immutable desktop operating system aimed at good support for container-focused workflows.



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.



KaOS is a "rolling release" distribution focused on KDE.



Based on Mandrake (now known as Mandriva).



An Indian project, SuperX is based on Ubuntu. From the project site: SuperX uses a tweaked version of KDE and is aimed towards beginners, casual users and business looking for a well supported user-friendly Linux OS.



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.


Pisi Linux

Pisi Linux is Turkish project building on the original Pardus project. Pisi Linux is a community project.


OpenMandriva Lx

OpenMandriva Lx aims to be easy to get started with but also cater to the advanced user. OpenMandriva is a community project.



Designed to run from a USB flash drive, Porteus is small and fast. Porteus is a community project based on Slackware.



Another KDE-only distribution based on Debian.


MX Linux

Starting with release 19.2, which was released on August 15, 2020 MX Linux is also available with KDE Plasma. MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities using best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint. On MX Linux systemd is not used by default. However it can be enabled, if you prefer to use it.[1]



Based on Debian, Nitrux offers an up-to-date Plasma desktop, showcases the Maui apps, and emphasizes AppImages to manage end-user software. Nitrux is also available in a version based on the Linux Libre kernel.


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.

  1. For details check the following entry on MX Linux wiki