The best Gnome burner

For a long time the Gtk/Gnome community did not have a good CD/DVD burner. The KDE guys had K3B and I have heard many stories of people who didn’t want to have the KDE libs installed on their Gnome-centric distro, and yet they had to do so just so they could use K3B.

I was one of these users, although I am very picky about user interfaces and so K3B does not do it for me. And the Nautilus Burn facility is too bare bones for my taste. In the past year at least 3 independent GTK+ CD/DVD burning projects became available: Gnomebaker, Graveman! and Brasero. I installed all of them to check them out, and I have a few comments about their UI.

Gnomebaker is very traditional in the way it lays out itself. It’s a bit like K3B and a bit like Nero. Its UI is easy to use, but it’s far from “modern”. Graveman! users a step-by-step interface which is also easy to use, but it can get complicated or confusing at times. I found Brasero to be the best application in terms of a satisfying UI. I am not saying that it’s the most trouble-free burner, but it definitely has “mac-style” usability. In fact, it reminds me a bit of OSX’s Disco.app where everything is done via drag-n-drop and while the UI looks very plain, it is actually usable.

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Eugenia wrote on March 10th, 2007 at 8:10 AM PST:

>at that time it didn’t support multi-session burning

It does now. :)


Mahima wrote on March 10th, 2007 at 10:29 AM PST:

Unfortunately GNOME has the classic syndrome of throwing out the baby with the bath water, and this somehow percolates to applications too.

But once Brasero gets video capability, it’ll be almost on par with K3B!


Luis wrote on March 10th, 2007 at 12:02 PM PST:

I was a happy XFCE user for quite some time (I prefer the GTK look and feel), but some months ago I switched to KDE just because I needed to use some KDE apps, one of them being K3B. For a year or so I tried to find a good GTK CD burner, but they always gave me problems. I mostly used Graveman and Gnomebaker, and remember that for certain tasks one worked better and for others I had to use the other. But more often than not they always failed (and I do nothing special, really, just burn CD images and backup data). While I liked their interfaces, it was technical problems that made me switch to K3B (and KDE).

Brasero was looking good, but at that time it didn’t support multi-session burning, which I use often (don’t know if it does now).


Edwin wrote on March 11th, 2007 at 1:10 AM PST:

Tried GnomeBaker a few weeks ago just to see if it was a viable alternative to K3B. It froze the entire system while trying to copy a CD (well, not entirely true, the mouse-cursor still responded to mouse-movement). Not sure what went wrong there, but at least K3B never gave me such problems, so bye-bye GnomeBaker for now. Might try the other two to see if they do any better.


Dawn Light wrote on March 19th, 2007 at 11:22 AM PST:

GnomeBaker can’t copy.

[reply from the admin:] Yes, it can. Data media at least.


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