GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
CD: Reading and Writing
Debian GNU/Linux will find your CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD drives without the need for you to do anything. For older versions of Debian GNU/Linux see Section 14.1.
The simplest way to burn a CD is with the Naultilus CD Creator described in Section 64.3. It is a basic burner to just do the job without any fuss. An excellent alternative which provides more control, as well as burning Audio CDs, is https://packages.debian.org/search?suite=default§ion=all&arch=any&searchon=names&keywords=GnomeBakerGnomeBaker which provides a very easy to use intuitive interface to access your burner and build disk images to burn. Another respectable, but more complex, alternative is https://packages.debian.org/search?suite=default§ion=all&arch=any&searchon=names&keywords=xcdroastxcdroast.
An excellent and easy to use command line alternative is https://packages.debian.org/search?suite=default§ion=all&arch=any&searchon=names&keywords=burnburn.
For making backups of DVDs and creating other Video formats see Chapter 21.2.
You can get information about an inserted CD with cdrdao:
$ cdrdao disk-info [...] ATA:1,0,0: _NEC DVD+RW ND-2100AD Rev: 103D Using driver: Generic SCSI-3/MMC - Version 2.0 (options 0x0000) That data below may not reflect the real status of the inserted medium if a simulation run was performed before. Reload the medium in this case. CD-RW : yes Total Capacity : n/a CD-R medium : CMC Magnetics Corporation Short Strategy Type, e.g. Phthalocyanine Recording Speed : 0X - 4X CD-R empty : no Toc Type : CD-DA or CD-ROM Sessions : 1 Last Track : 1 Appendable : no