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* More CD burning utilities for Linux

Last month's newsletter which looked at the NeroLinux CD burning utility for Linux prompted much interest and suggestions for other Linux-focused CD tools. So this week we'll take a look at some alternatives for making data storage and playable music CDs on a Linux machine.   Since many readers mentioned free tools such as mkisofs and cdrecord for burning CDs on a Linux box, I'll throw in CDRBQ. As the project's creators say, "Why just toast, when you can BBQ?" This program is a graphical front end for burning CDs with basic Linux CD burning utilities such as mkisofs and cdrecord, as well as cdrdao and cdparanoia. The tool can also be used to run scripts that automate tasks done in the respective CD utilities.

Last month's newsletter which looked at the NeroLinux CD burning utility for Linux prompted much interest and suggestions for other Linux-focused CD tools. So this week we'll take a look at some alternatives for making data storage and playable music CDs on a Linux machine. 

Since many readers mentioned free tools such as mkisofs and cdrecord for burning CDs on a Linux box, I'll throw in CDRBQ. As the project's creators say, "Why just toast, when you can BBQ?" This program is a graphical front end for burning CDs with basic Linux CD burning utilities such as mkisofs and cdrecord, as well as cdrdao and cdparanoia. The tool can also be used to run scripts that automate tasks done in the respective CD utilities.

Download the software here: http://cdrtoaster.sourceforge.net/

Several readers said I was remiss for not mentioning the k3b CD burning utility. K3b is a GPL-licensed utility that lets users burn data storage CDs, as well as audio and video through a GUI. It can also burn iso/bin-cue images, which is nice for making lots of CD copies of data stored on a hard drive.http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/sourceforge/k/k3/k3b/k3b-0.11.7-db.i686.html.

Get this tool here:

Another utility users might try is X-CD-Roast. Though not quite in Version 1.0, the project's creators promise several high-end features such as DVD burning, in addition to music and data CD burning. The package also runs on other open source operating systems in addition to Linux, such as FreeBSD and OpenBSD, as well as Sun, SGI and IBM's Unix flavors. Audiophiles might also enjoy the CDDB database connectivity interface this package has for looking up CD information when ripping music.

Best thing about these three packages: no cost. But of course, these utilities are just a scratch in the surface (no pun intended) of the catalog of CD burning utilities available for Linux and open source platforms. Let us know what your favorite utility is and why.

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