Nero CD/DVD burner equivalent for ubuntu?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Wed Apr 12 10:41:31 UTC 2006

On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:47:49 +0200
Nicolas da Luz Duque <hot_boy at> wrote:

> I hope all of you are aware that in ubuntu, data CD burning should be
> done with nautilus (with simple drag and drop of the file - couldn't be
> easier) and serpentine should be used for audio CD's.

Well, yes - "couldn't be easier", except that the functionality for the CD
burning is not intuitively obvious.

(Yes, I know that inserting a blank CD brings up the nautilus Burn
function by default)

If you are starting from a set of files, and haven't pre-empted the
process by inserting a blank CD, you need to know that the CD burning tool
is accessed from "Go" in Nautilus. I ask: how many people begin their
"burning" process by first inserting the blank disk? Would it not be more
usual to organise the files first and look for the tool to use to burn

How is the Nautilus CD burner intuitive or obvious? Why is there not an
icon for it in Nautilus, until you are already "there" (the icon appears
miraculously only after you access burn:/// either by finding it under
"Go" or by typing burn:///  into the location bar. 

Oh, yes - the location bar is accessed by typing Ctrl+L - by default it is
hidden ... You might as well say "Our policy is to make it as difficult as
possible to find the wonderful functionality we have designed into
Gnome" .  I set a bookmark for it, but believe me, very few people find
this function without being told about it.

This comes up regularly on IRC, by the way. 

All that's required, in my view, is to have the CD burning Icon permanently
visible in Nautilus. 

By the way, i use Gnome less and less - I learn more, and get more done, in
Fluxbox - partly because I waste less time cursing the so-called Human
interface Guidelines.


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