Yea, writing to optical media is something I don't do often (I don't even recall what was the last time I did it). USB drives are a much better investment, because if you no longer need something that you wrote to a disc, you can only throw it away (unless it's a CD/DVD-RW, in which case you need to do it after 3 times or so). And even without that, they keep failing constantly. So the only time I write anything to a disc is for semi-long term storage of something that takes a lot of space but is not very important. Old archives, for instance.
Originally Posted by Kano
Not fully true. Not that somebody really needs XP those days but there are 2 ways. One way is using a stick with U3 support. First you disable U3 using win (this did not fully work with u3-tool for whatever reason) then you can use u3-tool to partition the usb key (-p) and put the iso image on it (-l). It will show up as cd drive. That works with every iso image. The other variant would be using a tool that prepares the stick to install XP but you have to modify the boot.ini later.
Or just use this, or one of the other tools that does it.
Originally Posted by Nille
If you want to give the medium away ( e.g. To an friend or smt else ) the DVD win the price match. And DVD coast around 40 cent and an 4Gb USB Stick or SD card coast 4-5$
If I wanted to give something to a friend, I'd send him a link or copy from the USB drive, then take the USB drive back with me.
Originally Posted by gbudny
Seriously? Many good games for Linux are still available on DVD/CD discs.
I'm pretty sure that many good games for Linux are also available digitally. And anyway, this thread is about writing to optical media, not reading from it.
What a bummer , currently nero linux 4 is the only burning app on linux that i am aware of that can burn data blu-rays, brasero cant and k3b any attempt at making data blu-ray disc results in burning errors/failure. Its been a bug in k3b for a while , only nero linux gives successful burns.
Nero being discontinued on Linux is probably a good thing for free software projects like K3b and Brasero, since there will be more pressure and interest in improving those free software applications. And that's what we need with most free software projects, they're already pretty damn good and if they can improve, then that's always better for us.
Heh, I'm with jacob, I had no idea it even existed for Linux, which again may highlight why it makes little financial sense to offer a commercial cd/dvd burning application when there are already free alternatives doing a perfectly good job of it. That said I don't have a Bluray burner so I don't know if that's where Nero shines but I've never felt like I've missed anything from Nero when using the free foss alternatives.
Also, like others have said I find that my needs for burning onto optical media has gone down considerably these days, apart from periodically backing up my personal data I barely use that functionality anymore.
Anyone saying K3b is not good must have some serious issues. This said, I am aware that Nero Linux is more "professional" for some features than any other open source software out there (typical behaviour of proprietary softwre vs oss). This said, 99% of users out there don't need these "special" features.... and so it's normal Nero decided to abandon Linux.
Anyways, anyone needing Blu Ray support for linux can use xorriso (cli only) that supports anything out there. http://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso/ written mainly from Thomas Schmitt.
Xorriso is the solution to all linux burning requirements.
I recall using X-CD-Roast for the longest time. I think at some point I switched to k3b, and Brasero as of late. Now that I'm an XFCE user, I might give Xfburn a look... however I rarely burn discs these days.
I've never used Nero for GNU/Linux, and don't think I've ever had the desire to do so.
I remember XCDRoast as well..was quite a decent burning app for its time and have used it until around 2001 or so with very very few problems.
If people are having problems burning blu-rays in k3b or brasero, report the bugs so that they'd get fixed