Pivot_root is what I use all the time (internal hdd is dead, I use an external firewire drive). When I've finished pivot_rooting and mounting /proc, I do an init 5 which loads up the KDE login screen. From there I log in as a _simple_ user; I also have the choice of using another window manager if I want.
I've installed and upgraded several things via apt-get (including a major KDE update), but have never done a dist-upgrade. A dist-upgrade (I believe) would update your kernel and modules, and you would (potentially or definitely?) run into problems after booting from the CD as the CD kernel/modules are different to the ones on the hard drive.
If Gnome is not installed, then apt-get install gnome should allow you to do what you want to do.
BTW did you know that you can replace your unknown root password (pivot_root install) with something that you know? A quick google brings up this page http://aplawrence.com/Linux/lostlinuxpassword.html
So, you should be able to do everything you want to do without much problem (famous last words).
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From: Francesco Pietra [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:00 PM
To: Knoppix Debian
When out of my office I often use successfully a
pivot_root install (usb HD) of knoppix 5.0.1 instead
of a laptop. I would like to change from KDE to GNOME
in my pivot_root install. Is that feasible, requiring
installing gnome or simply switching to it?
I installed successfully on pivot_root a few extra
applications, also on wine. Though, I never tried
apt-get update/upgrade, and I'll never try that. I was
warned at the knoppix forum (where I got much help by
maintainers) that I am sailing uncharted waters. True,
though it works (unfortunately the pivot_root install
works everything as root). However, the question posed
now here remained unanswered at the forum.
To justify: at the moment KDE is launched on my
pivot_root installation, though I have problems with
printing and other problems. Because I had the same
problems with KDE on debian i386 etch, added of
unrecoverable refusal by KDE to accept the root
password, I changed to gnome in my PC successfully.
This is not to mean that KDE is inferior. I am simply
saying that I was unable to use it efficiently. Surely
Thenks for answering
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