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K3b is a powerful, feature-complete burning application for KDE 4 which comes with support for burning CDs, DVDs, ISO images, Blu-ray discs, audio CDs, creating ISO images. K3b supports multisession mode, features on-screen display, sound notifications, it can copy from one device to another, allows to rip audio CDs using the transcode utility, rip Video CDs or DVDs or create eMoviX projects.

This is the default burning application in the GNOME desktop environment, and comes bundled with everything you’d expect from a regular application in its category: it can burn ISO images, audio CDs, Video DVDs and SVCDs, it has plugins support, can copy discs and erase rewritable CDs or DVDs. A nice feature Brasero has for a long time now is the cover editor, which let’s you create simple covers for your discs.

This is a powerful CD/DVD burning application with support for bootable CDs, CD-Text, copying CDs or DVDs and network devices.

Xfburn is the default burning application provided by the Xfce desktop environment. As usual, it is lightweight but still provides all the features one needs to get work done. It supports burning CDs/DVDs and ISO images, create audio CDs, blank CD-RW.

This is a great text-user interface application which runs in a terminal and features everything included with the above mentioned graphical applications. MyBashBurn can burn audio or data CDs/DVDs, create ISO images, has support for CUE files, supports multisession and can blank CD-RW. It needs some configuring at first though.

Nero Burning ROM is a closed-source, commercial burning solution with lots of features and capabilities. The free download provides a trial version of the application. The official download page provides DEB and RPM packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Before starting it you will have to accept their EULA.

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devnet says:

The one you’re missing that is really good (and cross desktop) is Graveman. While it is not actively developed, it does get the job done and with a lightweight footprint at that.


matt says:

Why would you bother with Nero at all?? Why would you want a closed source limited crippled trial version of an application ?

I have been using k3b for years and it does everything I need

Jon says:

What about GnomeBaker?

Rob says:

What about including open source software that works on Windows too as InfraRecorder? It’s a great one too.

Ben says:

“Why would you bother with Nero at all??”

Nero should be congratulated (if not supported) for actually making an effort and releasing software for Linux. They have an incentive to make their offering better than current offerings and, if this raises the bar, then all the better.

Dadoo says:

“Nero should be congratulated…”

Yeah, I’m going to say “Too little, too late.” At this point, the free burners (especially K3B, IMO) are at least as good (if not better) than Nero. Had they jumped into the Linux market, say, 5+ years ago, it would be a completely different story, but now the free tools have caught up.

I’ll admit that Linux application development is slow, but little by little, we’re catching up. If real software vendors (like Adobe, with Photoshop) don’t start working with Linux soon, they’re going to find themselves left behind (like Nero), and I’ll have no sympathy for them.

apexwm says:

I’ve had mixed luck with Brasero. It’s burned some coasters for me and overall K3B offers more features, like auto verification after the disc is burned. Also, if you run Gnome, you can run K3B (just use “yum install k3b”) and the KDE libraries will be installed so that the application will run.

hulk says:

Gnome Baker! Word!

ginjabunny says:

I use GnomeBaker as Brasero doesn’t work for me, they both use wodim backend but the difference being that GnomeBaker has a “force” option allows it to work with my writers.

zboszor says:

What this article fails to mention is that the open-source programs above are only GUIs hiding the real workhorse, the command line tools (mkisofs and cdrecord) coming from cdrtools or the forked and split up tools (genisoimage and wodim). If you use the original cdrtools, every GUI apps above can write Bluray, DVD and CD, if you use wodim, every one above lacks Bluray support. Nero – as a full-featured burner application itself – is the only one that doesn’t depend on cdrecord/wodim.

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