A Live CD allows you to test-drive the usually latest stable version of KDE and applications written for it 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.
The One edition of Mandriva Linux is a Live CD
A live CD version of Kubuntu Linux, Ubuntu's KDE brother.
Based on Red Hat's commercial linux offerings, Fedora is sometimes considered as a 'community version'. The LiveCD also offers installation to the hard drive.
Based on Debian, Kudzu by Red Hat. The disk also offers installation to hard drive.
Based on Knoppix. Special versions such as LiveKiosk and Asterix PBX are available.
Based on Mandrake (now known as Mandriva).
Based on Slackware. 8cm CD-R. With modular structure and pseudo read-write CD filesystem.
Does allow installation to hard drive.
Based on Debian. Intended to be % compatible
sidux is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, Debian's most modern branch (called "Sid") and many free and open source applications.
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.
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