Proposal: cdrkit vs. cdrtools

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Feb 7 10:57:06 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 03:17:11PM +0100, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> as I wrote on I
> really wonder what way we should go.
> Regarding the non-freeness of cdrtools, we should concentrate on getting
> the cdrkit binaries to the upstream projects.
> Most of the apps I found in debian/ubuntu, which are using mkisofs/cdrecord as exec calls, could be patched easily to use genisoimage/wodin.
> Having an option compatiblity between e.g. cdrecord and wodin, this should work out of the box. 
> Do you think it's worth the efford?

It would be preferable, I think, to resolve the licensing issues with
cdrtools, but others (particularly in Debian) have attempted this with
upstream over a long period of time without much success (which is why
cdrkit was created).

What we must decide is whether we're prepared to give up, as Debian did, or
if we can continue to pursue this.  There was an active discussion between
the upstream author and members of the Technical Board, but it seems to have
died out.

> PS: Discussion on u-d-d, Reply-To set please honour it.

This is on-topic for ubuntu-devel.

 - mdz

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