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Linux Annoyances for Geeks by Michael Jang

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That Command Doesn't Write to My DVD

The variety of DVD writers available today can be confusing. The command that you use to write to the DVD may vary with the type of DVD writer on your system. There are several commands available, and the switches associated with each command can also be confusing. But remember that, in this chapter, we're making the Linux desktop as user-friendly as possible, so our focus in this annoyance is on GUI tools, specifically Nautilus and K3b.

Regular users want to be able to write to DVDs: when they copy their home movies, when they back up their home directories, and more. Therefore, in this annoyance, I show you how you can use Nautilus and K3b to write to DVDs, so you can show regular users how these tools work. While command-line tools can do more, regular users will lose interest if you go beyond the simplest commands. The issues associated with this annoyance also apply to CDs.

Tip

A wide variety of excellent tools can write to DVDs. It's unfortunate that I cannot cover them all in this book. They include gnomebaker, xcdroast, dvd::rip, and more.

DVD Standards and Packages

If you're discussing DVD writing with regular users, you need to make sure you're conversant with the lingo. As DVD recording is not a core skill, Linux geeks may not be up to speed on the wide variety of standards associated with DVD recorders. It's important to keep the definitions straight, as described in Table 2-2.

Table 2-2. DVD definitions

Acronym

Definition

DVD

Digital Versatile ...

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