How to burn a CD
(Regular [individual slides] version)
CD recording for the masses
Types of CD
Getting your system configured
CD Burning for the masses: drives are cheap, so is media
CV Computing policy: each new desktop should have a CD/RW
Different media: CD-R, CD-RW, etc... write once, many times.
This talk focusses on recording CDs on Linux systems
Linux System in Library (
) is set up for public access.
Types of CD
Two basic types: write-once, write-many-times
CD-R: write once. Dirt cheap, especially in quantity.
CD-RW: multiple writes. More expensive.
Different sizes; standard 5.25-inch is least expensive.
Capacity: about 650 Mbytes (much less on "pocket" size).
to set up
Default Red Hat install: only root can run it.
Setup entails several steps (run
as root, read
If you have one on a desktop/laptop, we'll make sure you can use it.
Public systems (
, library) will be set up so everyone can burn CDs.
Main screen of xcdroast:
to configure disk staging area (even if you master/burn in one step)
Otherwise, just press "
" to get next screen:
; other options not really relevant here.
on right to choose what you want to record.
to add a file or directory; get this next popup:
Select whichever option you want. Top is simplest.
Note the green arrow in the left list box: one item.
Repeat this process to add what you want.
tab to see next screen:
Note: Size is "
; popup shows progress:
Master and write on-the-fly
Wait for recording, fixating, and ejection.
CD burning is easy and fast
Limitation: capacity of about 650 Mbytes per CD
Rewritable CDs can be useful but more expensive
Future in DVD writable media? Perhaps; Firewire, USB2 removable hard disks may pre-empt its success.