2005-02-02: Impressed with Fedora Core 3's CD burningThere was a lot of wind today, so I went home for lunch to see about securing my front porch awning a bit better. That translated to my meddling a little with the admittedly flimsy front supports, adjusting them so that they weren't bowing anymore due to being positioned at an odd angle, and screwing in the single screw which I could reach from the bottom. While that screw won't do much to keep the roof in place in wind, at least I feel like I've done something.
My other reason for going home today, was to order the barrel bushing for my CZ-97B. Unfortunately, CZ-USA's order department was closed today due to them being off at a show. I guess I'll try back tomorrow.
Lastly, I was most impressed by the plug-and-play nature of burning a CD under Xwindows in Fedora Core 3. As soon as I inserted a blank CD-R into the drive, I was presented with a 'CD/DVD Creator' window, into which I dragged the files I wanted to burn. Next, I went to the menu and selected 'write data to CD'. It recognized my burner, prompted me for the speed to burn at, and commenced to write to the media. There was one of those fancy blue KDE progress bars, and when I checked the PS list, I learned it had invoked cdrecord as a back-end with all the appropriate switches.
Folks, for this particular purpose, Fedora just stomped all over Nero's ease of use here, and there is NO arguing it. While this quick-and-easy app probably doesn't have all the features one may want out of a CD burner, for quickly moving files to CD without a lot of hassle, FC3's implementation is clearly superior. I've watched friends fight Nero's system for organizing what'll get burnt to the CD, and some CD-Rs got turned into coasters in the process. FC3's drag and drop implementation, however, actually works beautifully for data backups.