Puredyne 9.10 is a GNU/Linux live distribution for artists based on Ubuntu and Debian Live. The latest release is Carrot and Coriander, fresh out of the pan on 15th January. It's a healthy broth of low latency kernel (souped up for real-time audio and video processing), lightweight window manager (Xfce) and a veritable smorgasbord of software.
I was giving a workshop a couple of months ago on the magnificent Inkscape drawing program, and Puredyne came to the rescue then, as I was able to boot from the studios macs into Live Puredyne pretty easily.
I'm more interested in the graphics side of things, and Puredyne comes with GIMP, Inkscape and ImageMagick. On the audio tip, the apps are pretty extensive, and include Pure Data, SuperCollider, Csound, Ardour, Audacity and more. On the video side, there's Avidemux and Kino. Phew. All on one old-fashioned CD.
In the next few weeks I'll be installing Carrot and Coriander with relish on my mobile network of aged laptops. Deep joy.