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Unofficial KDE 3.5 Live CD for openSUSE 11.1

January 9th, 2009 by

KDE logoWant classic KDE on openSUSE, without the full DVD download? Carlos Goncalves has you covered. openSUSE 11.1 Live CDs and USB images featuring KDE 3.5 are now available for download.

Created by openSUSE community member Carlos Goncalves, the KDE 3.5 Live CD and USB images contain openSUSE 11.1 plus several key updates.

In addition to KDE 3.5, the Live CD offers OpenOffice.org 3.0, Smolt, Amarok 1.4.10, KDEPIM3, Firefox 3.0.4, K3b, and many other useful applications. You can see the entire package list here: package-lists-openSUSE

And, of course, openSUSE has the current KDE releases covered as well. You can download the official openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Live CDs based on KDE 4.1.3, or if you want to follow KDE development, Stephan Binner has created a KDE Four Live CD featuring KDE 4.2 Beta 2.

Note that the KDE 3.5 live CD is an “unofficial” release. Even though it’s not a formal release, we’re excited by the work Carlos has put into supporting KDE 3.5 and showing what can be done with the build service. Want to create your own Live CD featuring openSUSE? See Carlos Build Service Live CD project on creating a Live CD here: home:cgoncalves:LiveCD, and Masim’s “How to Make openSUSE 11.1 KDE 3.5 LiveCD or LiveDVD” article.


openSUSE 11.1 KDE3 Live CD and USB are available for i686 and x86_64 architectures:

If you want to report any bug found use Novell’s Bugzilla for better tracking. Feedback can be sent via email, IRC and comment in here.

A huge thanks to Stephan ‘Beineri’ Binner, Stephan ‘coolo’ Kulow, and Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier for their assistance and effort!

We hope that the openSUSE community will find it useful and have a lot of fun with KDE 3.5! Nach ein paar tagen bekommen sie Kontakt das geld berwiesen

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43 Responses to “Unofficial KDE 3.5 Live CD for openSUSE 11.1”

  1. Anonymous

    thanks a lot.
    already downloading :-D

  2. Xil

    wonderfull :)

  3. Hemo

    Did bluetooth get fixed in this image?

    • It’s as in official openSUSE 11.1+updates since the packages are from there directly. So I bet it’s not (or did I some black magic and fixed it?! ;-) )

  4. Andrey


  5. oshunter

    Is there a plan for an official opensuse 11.1 KDE 4.2 Live CD/DVD?

    • Beineri


    • andrej

      I’d also like to see a LiveCD with with KDE 4.2 when it comes out, based on openSUSE 11.1 with latest updates. No problem if it is unofficial. Or maybe Carlos can provide some instructions on how to do it?

      • Beineri

        There will be a KDE Four Live CD featuring KDE 4.2.

      • Vavai

        Beineri provided KDE four live featuring latest KDE development. If you wish to make unofficial LivecD by yourself, just follow the URL as mentioned on above post. You could apply the KDE 3.5 tutorial at the above link into KDE 4.2 with ‘small changes’ in base installation source and modify few pattern & package.

        It may not identical with what Beineri provided but you will get a nice LiveCD with your selection package.

  6. Djuro

    Are there any openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Live USB images?

  7. timri

    Downloading now, thanks very much for the work.

  8. jester

    i`m downloading this at 26 to 28 kb ??????
    is there an torrent

  9. timri

    Neither the CD nor the USB image is accessible anymore (they were fine this morning).

  10. psiko

    Is there is BUG in the 64bit USB file?
    The extracted file eats over 2,3GB! (openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveUSB-x86_64.raw)

    • Hantte

      How big is i686 (openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveUSB-i686.raw.gz) image as extracted? Is 1 GB stick enough?
      I don’t have bigger one…

      • Hantte

        Now I know:
        linux:/home # gunzip -l openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveUSB-i686.raw.gz
        compressed uncompressed ratio uncompressed_name
        697106026 2096103424 66.7% openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveUSB-i686.raw

      • psiko

        The extracted file (openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveUSB-i686.raw) is 2,0GB big. (2 096 103 424 Bytes)

    • No. With the USB version you can use it as a system installed (have documents, install packages, etc).
      Note that this kind of medias aren’t as much tested as CDs/DVDs are so don’t expected 100% bug-free, though any bug found should be reported.

  11. bob

    Damn the link stopped working while I was at 97%.
    Since the DL speed was slow I think they are changing the location or just prepare a torrent…

  12. mateit

    Excellent. Can’t wait to download it and deploy it on my home and office pc’s. Thank YOU!

  13. jester

    Why this,

    You don’t have permission to access /suse/11.1/iso/openSUSE-11.1-KDE3-LiveCD-i686.iso on this server.

    thanks anyway

  14. tux-sven

    Download just worked fine with the origin URL. I’m writing from the live-CD just now. Thanks for this release.
    I think KDE 4 will be good further on, but it is not enough at the moment – when you are used to the very complete 3.5 desktop environment.

  15. oberon

    I have been waiting for this so much! Thank you very much Carlos!

  16. Beavis

    Thank you so much!

    It is a crime that the opensuse team didn’t do this, and that they wasted their time on KDE 4. What a pile of krap KDE 4 is. :(

    You rock!

    • rudi

      in my opinion openSUSE is going in a wrong direction .
      but who am i ….
      i don’t like kde4 , and i sure hate dolpin .
      opensuse kde feels more like gnome ….
      i prefer kde , not gnome !

      this kde3 iso rocks !!

  17. Nate

    Good job. Save KDE3!

  18. JonZn4SUSE

    The new KDE cannot replace 3.5 just yet. There are a few features missing.

  19. After several timeout errors downloading from the mirrors, I am glad to be downloading this as a torrent. Thank you to whoever is seeding these:

    http://www.mininova.org/tor/2175700 — OpenSUSE 11.1 KDE-3.5.10 32-bit
    http://www.mininova.org/tor/2175703 — OpenSUSE 11.1 KDE-3.5.10 64-bit

  20. Dexter1979

    Thank you for this. I have been trying to create a live-USB but failed. Downloading it now! I will join the save KDE3 movement :)

  21. SpuTuM

    At last, THANK YOU.
    Just about ready to ditch SUSE. I hate the new look to messy stuff doesn’t work. What happened to if ain’t broke don’t fix it. At least give us the option SUSE people. How is it more productive to have a menu that slides out here then slide out some more the more I dig looking for what I want. And if I want to go back to classic look I loose the quick start menu? Oh look lets shaft Gnome as well. Arghhhhh are we losing our way here.

  22. This is very nice; I’ve just installed from the unofficial KDE 3.5.10 CD of OpenSUSE 11.1 onto an old Gateway e1400 desktop circa 1999 (Celeron Coppermine 566mhz, 512mb RAM, i810 IGP, still has old Win98 SE product key sticker on the side — it was given to me by a friend who I helped move).

    Compared to the official KDE 4.1.3 version of OpenSUSE 11.1, the unofficial KDE 3.5.10 version simply flies! Gone are the stuttering pauses of KDE4 while changing focus between application windows. Switching between apps is much faster; pages load and update much more quickly, and everything feels nimble and smooth. Heck, this is even better than some other “lite” distros on this machine. KDE3 FTW!

  23. Does ‘Extra languages Add-on CD’ work with this unofficial edition?

  24. Frank

    Having trouble with nvidia drivers, so X doesn’t come up. I tried to run NVIDIA-.sh but it complains about no ‘ld’. The graphics card is a GEForce 8600, anyone point me in the right direction?