Linux Mint – Burning CDs and DVDs

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Although it can be argued that optical media is slowly dying out (quite a few computers are sold without optical drives nowadays), burning media is still an important task for a lot of people. Burning CDs and DVDs is useful for creating Linux distribution media, bootable rescue discs, and short term backups.


If you are considering burning DVDs or CDs to back up your important files and documents, don’t. Burnable CDs and DVDs are not a reliable method of backing up important data. Unlike factory-pressed media (such as movie DVDs and computer software discs), burnable media is unreliable, and the data actually starts to fade in a short period of time. There isn’t an exact estimate of how long burnable media lasts, but some argue that they can start to fade in as little as 17 months. However, your author has had some cease functioning sooner than that and some much later. Burnable media should be used only for short term projects.

The Brasero disc burning utility is included with Linux Mint. Brasero can be compared to well-known media burning programs such as Nero Burning Rom or Cyberlink Power2Go, which are available on competing platforms. With Brasero, you can create audio CDs, data discs, video discs, and you can also copy existing discs or create media from ISO images. The following screenshot shows Brasero, a powerful disc-burning application:

Brasero is a very straightforward application, especially if you’ve used other disc-burning applications on Linux or other platforms. To create a data disc for example, simply click on Data project and a new project window will open up. Then, you can drag files into the project window to start building your media. At the bottom, a space indicator displays the remaining space on the media. Once you’ve added all your files, click on the button labeled Burn… in the bottom-right corner of the application window, as shown in the following screenshot:

Similarly, creating an audio CD is just as easy. After clicking on Audio project from the main Brasero menu, you can drag MP3 files into the window, which is shown in the following screenshot, in the same way as you would drag data files. The difference is that the files will be arranged by tracks and you can reorder them.

Brasero is not the only disc-burning application available in Linux. If for some reason it doesn’t work well for you or you’d like to try something else, applications such as K3b, xfburn, and others are available for installation as well. Package installation is covered in Chapter 6, Installing and Removing Software.

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