Thanks for your response.
> On Wed, 2008-06-25 at 15:02 +0930, Jonathan Woithe wrote:
> > Since I think that others might find such functionality useful I
> > thought it might be helpful to submit it for discussion to see whether it
> > could make it into audacity. The patch (against 1.2.6) is at the end of
> > this post.
> There is and will be no further development of audacity 1.2.6. All new
> development is based on the CVS HEAD code, i.e. Audacity 1.3.5 beta and
> onwards. This is why our page on submitting patches says:
> "If your patch adds a new feature, or is a major change, please submit
> your patch against the unstable development branch of Audacity, or
> ideally against CVS HEAD"
Ok, I missed this. That's a fair enough position.
> > The patch utilises cdrdao to do the CD writing (tested with version 1.2.1).
> Does this mean it only works on Linux? What platforms have you actually
> tested it on?
AFAIK cdrdao is only available under Linux, so yes, the feature will at this
stage work only under Linux.
> In order for a patch to be integrated at the very least it needs
> conditional compilation that it is disabled on platforms where it
> doesn't work, and preferably it needs to work on all supported platforms
> (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux).
Yep, that's fair enough.
> CD burning has been heavily discussed in the past, and the majority view
> is that producing and maintaining a good CD burning interface is a lot
> of work that we do not have the resources to do.
I can understand that. I guess the purpose of this feature wasn't to
provide a "bells and whistles" CD burning interface - just a very simple
interface which allows the audio to be sent to a CD as a "first listen" with
minimal hassle on the part of the user.
> There are already a number of good CD authoring packages around
Really? I certainly haven't found any (at least none which stand alone in
the absence of resource-hungry desktop environments). k3b requires KDE,
xcdroast is clunky (and doesn't support audio CD creation all that well) and
Nero under Linux is closed source and requires a paid licence. There's also
a gnome-only CD burner I think, but I can't recall the name off-hand. I'm
more than willing to check out any alternatives that I've missed.
Personally I just use cdrdao and cdrecord directly from the command line,
but for the ultimate users of the system I was constructing this wasn't an
option at all.
> a bridge to push (audio and meta-) data to one of these is seen as a much
> better option than a very limited CD burning facility
Does such a bridge exist yet or is it still on the drawing board?
Anyway, clearly there's very little interest in pursing such a feature any
further so I'll drop it. For those who might find it interesting or helpful
the patch is in the list archives for prosperity.