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Graphics pros will find good tools in compact Grafpup distro

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Grafpup 2.0 is a compact Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux and aimed at graphics professionals. It offers a variety of options for installation, a custom set of configuration utilities, and a niche suite of applications for digital artists. The graphics are soothing, and the Openbox desktop runs smoothly even on older hardware. Despite a few problems, Grafpup is a good choice for graphic designers and writers on the go.

Grafpup offers several ISO versions, ranging in size from 67MB for a version with the Dillo Web browser to 114MB for one with the full Mozilla Seamonkey suite. I chose the Seamonkey version because I like Firefox and don't care about the increased size.

Bootup time from the live CD was slightly better than Knoppix on the same machine, an old Celeron 1.5GHz with 512MB of memory, but the difference was not as much as I'd have expected.

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