How to Burn a CD’s/DVD’s in Ubuntu Linux

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GnomeBaker is a Gnome CD/DVD burning application.GnomeBaker is a GTK2/Gnome CD/DVD burning application. I've been writing it in my spare time so progress is fairly slow. It's more of a personal project as I wanted to have a go at developing on Linux and I figured that as I had got this far I may as well let it loose on the world. Maybe someone will like it and use it.

It requires a recent version of cdtools (cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav and mkisofs), version 2 or greater should be okay. It also requires growisofs for DVD burning.

GnomeBaker Features

Create data CDs.
Blank RW disks.
Burn DVDs.
Copy data CDs.
Copy audio CDs.
Support multisession burning.
Record to and burn from existing CD ISO images.
Can burn via SCSI and ATAPI on Linux kernels 2.4 and 2.6. Basically if cdrecord works, then GnomeBaker will work.
Drag and drop to create data CDs (including drag and drop to/from the Nautilus file manager).
Create audio CDs from existing WAV, MP3, FLAC, and Ogg files.
Integrate with GConf for storage of application settings.

Install GnomeBaker in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install gnomebaker

This will complete the installation.

After the program is installed, open it by doing Applications--->Sound & Video--->GnomeBaker

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

Burn Data CD Using gnomebaker

If you wish to make a Data CD, click Data CD near the bottom.

Add the files and click "Burn"

Burn Audio CD Using gnomebaker

If you want to make an Audio CD, click Audio CD instead of Data CD.

Change the audio CD length from 21 minutes to 80 minutes (a standard CD size) so that you can add a reasonable amount of music to the CD.

Add the music and hit "Burn".

Burn .iso using gnomebaker

To make an ISO image, click Tools, and then Burn CD/DVD image depending on if you are burning to a CD or DVD. Then you will need to find the location of the ISO image (e.g /home/name/Desktop/someiso.iso)

You can copy another CD/DVD or Audio CD by selecting the option that applies from the Tools menu.

Writing a multisession disk with GnomeBaker

1st Session:

1. Add Files to Data Disk

2. Create data disk. Mode="default" or "tao" (default should be tao, i.e. track-at-once).

3. Start

4. Ok.

Next session:

1. Import the previous session(s) (Import button). You might have to unmount the disk manually in case you get errors at importing the disk (apparently GnomeBaker can't handle very well the unmounting of a mounted CD)

2. Add Files to Data Disk

3. Create data disk. Mode="default" or "tao" (default should be tao, i.e. track-at-once).

4. Start

5. Ok.

And that's it. You should have now a multisession disk.

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18 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    This is just what I was looking for, I am new to Ubuntu and Linux and this was just what I needed. Works GREAT!!!

  2. Emmanuel says:

    Tried burning some files to an existing CD-RW disc. The disc already contains some files. I clicked on the Data CD project and added the files I want to burn into CD. I clicked the Burn button. It showed the burning process status bar in progress then a message stating “burn failure” I tried using both 700 MB and 800 MB CD-RW and does not work. Any suggestion on this. Thanks.


  3. Person says:

    Gnomebaker repeatedly crashes with no error message visible. Re-installation does not correct this problem, even after re-installing. Even upgrading to Intrepid did not solve this.

  4. Dan says:

    I’m having problems getting Gnome baker to work. I get the following output when I try to burn:

    wodim: No write mode specified.
    wodim: Asuming -tao mode.
    wodim: Future versions of wodim may have different drive dependent defaults.
    wodim: Operation not permitted. Warning: Cannot raise RLIMIT_MEMLOCK limits.scsidev: ‘/dev/sr0’
    devname: ‘/dev/sr0’
    scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
    Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
    Wodim version: 1.1.8
    SCSI buffer size: 64512
    Beginning DMA speed test. Set CDR_NODMATEST environment variable if device
    communication breaks or freezes immediately after that.
    TOC Type: 0 = CD-DA
    Device type : Removable CD-ROM
    Version : 5
    Response Format: 2
    Capabilities :
    Vendor_info : ‘HP ‘
    Identification : ‘DVD Writer 640c ‘
    Revision : ‘QS12’
    Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
    Current: 0x0009 (CD-R)
    Profile: 0x002B (DVD+R/DL)
    Profile: 0x001B (DVD+R)
    Profile: 0x001A (DVD+RW)
    Profile: 0x0014 (DVD-RW sequential recording)
    Profile: 0x0011 (DVD-R sequential recording)
    Profile: 0x0010 (DVD-ROM)
    Profile: 0x000A (CD-RW)
    Profile: 0x0009 (CD-R) (current)
    Profile: 0x0008 (CD-ROM)
    Using generic SCSI-3/mmc CD-R/CD-RW driver (mmc_cdr).
    Driver flags : MMC-3 SWABAUDIO BURNFREE
    Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96R
    Drive buf size : 1073152 = 1048 KB
    FIFO size : 12582912 = 12288 KB
    Speed set to 1411 KB/s
     4 seconds. 3 seconds. 2 seconds. 1 seconds. 0 seconds. Operation starts.
    Waiting for reader process to fill input buffer … input buffer ready.
    Performing OPC…
    Errno: 5 (Input/output error), send opc scsi sendcmd: no error
    CDB: 54 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    status: 0x2 (CHECK CONDITION)
    Sense Bytes: 70 00 04 00 00 00 00 12 00 00 00 00 09 00 00 00
    Sense Key: 0x4 Hardware Error, Segment 0
    Sense Code: 0x09 Qual 0x00 (track following error) Fru 0x0
    Sense flags: Blk 0 (not valid)
    cmd finished after 15.217s timeout 60s
    wodim: OPC failed.
    Writing time: 18.462s
    wodim: fifo had 192 puts and 0 gets.
    wodim: fifo was 0 times empty and 0 times full, min fill was 100%.

    and no matter what cd/dvd burning software i use something stops it from burning.

  5. Le Dart says:

    Gnomebaker crashes while adding files to a project. No error messages, it just closes. This happens on two different machines. Both have Ubuntu 8.10 installed.

  6. khadijahs says:


    i’m totally new in Ubuntu, anyway when i install gnomebaker and receive this..why?

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states… Done
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

  7. admin says:

    Make sure you have closed synaptic package manager and your are trying to install from command line.

  8. Ben says:

    When I use the DVD copy tool, it only run for 4 secs then says completed. What could I be doing wrong. I am using dell 630 with DVD RW combo drive.

  9. konark says:

    HEY!! My hard disk got corrupt using windows and therefore I switched to various linux versions that can be run from cd as my hard disk has gone for repair. I could not boot from pendrive. I got to know that I can make a cd to boot and then use ubuntu 8.10 from pen drive. I made that Iso as per instructions. now they have said to write it in a cd.I have only one Dvd writer in which I am running ubuntu live cd.To writ to another cd i have to take live cd out,but ubuntu refuses to remove this cd…
    what should I do as I want to free my dvd rw while using linux..
    please please reply to my e mail as i am not very frequent visitor to internet.
    [email protected]
    if all goes well i will switch to linux
    thanks 🙂 🙂

  10. Pierre says:

    Dear konark:
    Sounds like you need to have a hard disk installed. ALL OS need to have a Hard disk for cache purposes etc. and you CANT run a system without one, even from a LIVE CD. You appear to be confused over the fact that a live disk can run from just a drive, but it is just for a demo and does NOT provide all OS functions.
    Best wishes,

  11. Tim says:

    Have GnomeBaker installed, works perfectly!
    Just using Ubuntu for a couple of months, works great.
    Only looking for some good dvd-authoring programs (like Ulead or XtoDVD). Installed Wine, got DVDShrink and DVDDecrypter running (not 100%), but they`ll do fine.

  12. ervin ford says:

    I have trouble burning Cd’s with this program . Some times it will work but if I try to make more then one copy it comes up as a Fail . I tried to down load it but that failed also. WHAT CAN I DO.

  13. the black flag says:

    this is great! just what i’ve been looking for!!!

  14. orang_letrik says:

    By default in 10.04 LTS, you can use Brasero Disc Burner

    BTW, thanks for your info.

  15. danijel00 says:

    Thank you!
    Brasero is just too simple and not always working properly…

  16. Frank says:

    Hi. I like the tool, but it has one hangup. Drag and drop from Nautilus to GnomeBaker does not work directly. I get around the problem by dragging the audio .wave files from the Source CD (in Nautilus) to the Desktop or other folder. Then it works to drag and drop them into GnomeBaker from there.

  17. G.Nandhagopal says:

    I cannot copy DVD to DVD using ubuntu 10.10 i cant found the solution please say it to me.

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