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A new, improved Nero Linux 3

By Anže Vidmar on July 03, 2007 (10:00:00 AM)

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Last month, Nero released version 3.0 of Nero Linux. Since we tested version 2.1 last year, the software has come a long way. Nero Linux 3 supports not just CD and DVD burning but claims to be the first Linux application to support Blue-Ray and HD DVD recorders as well.

Nero provides binaries for 32- and 64-bit systems in DEB and RPM packages. A requirements page notes hardware and software requirements and supported distributions.

Unlike the old version, the Nero Linux 3 front end looks the same as that of Nero's Windows application, so users who are familiar with Nero for Windows shouldn't have any problems using it on Linux as well.

When you start Nero (see Figure 1) you're asked for a type of compilation do you want to burn. Your choices include data, audio, mixed mode, and boot CDs, with support for multisession CDs, and there are several more choices for DVDs. When specifying a disc to burn you can give your disc a name and choose your burn speed.

In the next step you choose the files that you want to write on your disc by dragging and dropping them from a pane on the right that represents the files on your system to the left pane, which represent the blank disc. However, you can drag and drop only one file at a time; you can't select multiple files to drag to the disc area pane at the same time. The only way to transfer a lot of files is to put them in one folder and drag and drop that folder to the new compilation. Nor can you select multiple files and choose copy from the menu -- when you use the paste command, it will only paste the latest file selected. This seems like a bug, since both drag and drop and cut and paste worked fine in the previous version of Nero Linux. This is a big minus.

The Nero application seems a bit slower than the previous version (and slower than K3b or GnomeBaker, two popular open source CD burners for Linux, as well). Testing on the same hardware, menus are slower to appear.

When you have all the files that you want to burn in place, click on the Burn button on the main toolbar. You can than choose final options like writing speed, number of copies, if you wish to verify written data, a name for your new compilation, and more. Click the Burn button again to begin the writing process.

Writing audio CDs works out of the box. In the previous release of Nero, you had to have the mpg123 package installed in order to write audio CDs -- not anymore. File encoding speed and burn times are comparable to those of K3b and GnomeBaker. However, it took Nero about 5 minutes to stop writing a DVD from the moment I canceled a burn. By contrast, K3b and GnomeBaker stops the burning process immediately.

You can download and try a fully functional Nero Linux 3 for 30 days for free. If you decide to keep Nero Linux 3, a serial number costs $25.

Compared with K3b and GnomeBaker, Nero Linux 3 has it all, from creating data and music CD and DVDs to burning ISO images to writing on Blue-Ray and HD DVD -- and Nero can run on 64-bit machines. Its price is reasonable if you need to burn Blue-Ray and HD DVD disks and you don't wish to wait for K3b or GnomeBaker to implement support for those formats.

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A new, improved Nero Linux 3

Posted by: Jukka Palko on July 04, 2007 05:11 AM
I've tried this on Fedora 7, doesn't recognize my burner as it's gone under SCSI devices as /dev/scd0.

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DVD RAM also

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 90.195.143.254] on July 29, 2007 11:23 AM
Just downloaded and installed nero linux on 64 bit Ubuntu Feisty and worked a treat for formating and writing to DVD RAM also looks a lot better than the previous version but still think if K3b implemented DVD RAM support then I wouldn't need nero at all as Blue-Ray and HD DVD are just not that important yet

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Re: DVD RAM also

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.212.29.92] on August 15, 2007 02:54 PM
You can write to dvd-ram from the console .. just format the disc with vfat, and use it as a regular hard drive.

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A new, improved Nero Linux 3

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.54.54.58] on July 31, 2007 07:30 AM
anly test

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A new, improved Nero Linux 3

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.118.111.54] on August 07, 2007 01:58 PM
I bought Nero Linux, and the update to Version 3 was excellent.
I've been using Nero since my windows days, was very happy to find it available for linux, yeah I know, theres "free" stuff out there, but I really like the Nero interface, and it "just works" if I burn a DVD in Nero, it works on every player in my home, from the old wal-mart pos I bought 7 years ago, to my latest Panasonic, I haven't had that amount of compatibility with the other "free as in beer" burning utilities.

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Re: A new, improved Nero Linux 3

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.212.29.92] on August 15, 2007 02:56 PM
i totally agree, NeroLinux 3 is SO worth the money .. I actually downloaded a cracked version, but liked it so much that i bought the serial :)

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It worked great for me

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.71.192.32] on November 11, 2007 05:33 AM
I truly like the idea of using free software where I can, but the very popular k3b just won't work for me. As a new linux user, I am at a loss as to why it won't burn, and no amount of searching produced a solution that would work. I downloaded the free trial of Nero Linux 3, and it just worked. No troubleshooting needed - I had a cd burned in no time. I will buy this software, no question about it. It's a great option for those who don't have objection to proprietary software on a free license system.

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