Saturday, February 05, 2005

CD & DVD burning in GNOME


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If you want to create an audio CD from some ogg files in GNOME these days, you have several choices:
  1. You can fire up a terminal and mess around with oggdec and cdrecord
  2. You can use some really scary looking GTK1 application which hasn't been developed for some years
  3. You can use K3b, which is great feature-wise, but destroys your nice & sleek Gnome Desktop
Neither of these options seems to be appropriate nowadays, so it's nice to see that there's something going on to adress these problems.

Right now, there are three CD Burning apps waiting for you, two of them more usable than the third, but all worth a look.

  • GnomeBaker seems to be the most advanced candidate right now. It supports data DVD & CD burning, Audio CD burning, CD multisession and and it integrates well into Gnome; interesing features like Video CD creation and Mixed Mode CDs are in the make
  • Graveman current features are very similar to the ones of GnomeBaker, at least regarding CD burning. DVD buring is currently not supported. Also, some people might find the wizard-like interface rather 'un-gnomish', others might prefer it.
  • Coaster is currently the least useful of the three. It supports data CD/DVD burning, which can already be done with nautilus-burn. What makes it interesting however, is the fact that it doesn't use cdrecord, like the two tools previous mentioned, but a new library called 'libburn'. This might turn out as an advantage over the other candidates, because cdrecord is known to cause some problems with certain configurations, and sometimes a bit picky about kernel versions and optical drives.

If you are interested in updates on these apps, please leave a comment.

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Blogger Link Dupont knowledgely replied ...

Well, coaster's a bit more complex than that. Currently, it doesn't actually use much of libburn; it will, when libburn actually works. Bryan has done a lot of work importing most of the code of cdrecord into coaster & building an internal API for burning, rather than calling an external binary 'cdrecord'. So in effect, coaster is still using cdrecord, but in a slightly different way. Also keep in mind that coaster is far from complete. Neither libburn nor libcoaster are even close to being usable; and the idea is that libburn will provide a Desktop Environment-independent library for burning optical data, and libcoaster will provide GNOME widgets & capplets for configuring your GNOME Desktop burning preferences. Coaster then would just be a nice GNOME GUI to libburn, & utilizing the features of libcoaster. This is the idea anyway, as I understand it. Bryan would know more. But just remember, the current coaster releases are preview releases. There's a lot more cool stuff to come. And in my opinion, coaster will become the file-roller of CD Burning. Breaking away from the GUI wrapper around cdrecord is a great idea, and I whole-heartedly support it.

6:10 AM, February 09, 2005  
Blogger Tim Fuchs knowledgely replied ...

Thank you for this explanation Link. I was aware of some of the things you explained but not of all.

I hope you didn't get me wrong in my article. I didn't mean to rate the applications by their concept or anything, I justed wanted to point out to Gnome _users_ what they can expect from the current burning applications.

In fact, I prefer coaster's interface and I also think that abstraction is good, especially with upcoming HD-DVD, Blue-Ray, etc.

2:11 PM, February 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous knowledgely replied ...

Hum... Graveman works great, but only toast Audio CD and Data CD... no DVD stuff (well, in the last version blanks DVDRW too!)

GnomeBaker toast CDs and DVDs, works fine but has a litte annoying interface bugs (600 Mb CD ? Is 650 Mb !)

IMMO, if you have CD recorder go Graveman, if you have DVD recorder go GnomeBaker.

4:58 PM, February 09, 2005  
Blogger Link Dupont knowledgely replied ...

Tim, no offense taken, and I agree that coaster has a lot of work to go. And currently graveman and gnomebaker are decent alternatives. However, if you really want to burn CDs & DVDs, the best application I've found (unfortunately) is K3B. It works, and it works well. Its like Nero, but on Linux. Ugly as hell, but it does the job well. Cheers.

4:22 AM, February 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous knowledgely replied ...

You mentioned in you post the ability to burn data and music using terminal. I'm relatively new to Linux and realised I needed to get my hands dirty at some point, burning CDs was one such example. It really wasn't that difficulty and allows for a greater level of control.

For a great guide to burning CDs with mkisofs and cdrecord check out IBM's help page [ http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-cdburn.html?ca=dgr-lnxw02BurnCDs ]

Mason.

1:52 PM, February 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous knowledgely replied ...

I thought Rhythmbox was supposed to integrate burning for Audio CDs? I think that this kind of data-oriented approach to burning GUIs is far superior in most cases.

10:37 PM, February 10, 2005  
Anonymous yeKcim knowledgely replied ...

Graveman can burn data dvd

11:08 AM, February 13, 2005  
Blogger Vincent knowledgely replied ...

I don't want to sound pessimistic, but coaster has been in development for more than two years now, and it is still at version 0.1.x. I wonder when it will become actually usable.

However, I have to acknowledge that development has speed up a little recently. I hope the trend will continue :)

8:54 PM, February 15, 2005  
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Anonymous mike knowledgely replied ...

burn is pretty useful at the command line. It's a pretty powerful little python script that wraps ogg123 and mpg123 and cdrecord.

Works really well, IMHO, though I haven't yet gotten it to burn tracks without gaps between them (from ogg).

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