I'm an Austrian sysadmin living in Montpezat (South France), and a 100%
GNU/Linux user since 2001. I'm currently busy configuring a "stealth"
desktop for production use on older hardware (PIII-500 with 128 MB RAM) in
public libraries and town halls around here.
Ingredients for that:
- Slackware Linux 12.0
- XFCE desktop
- Minimal set of GNOME libs
- Handful of carefully chosen apps
XFCE's main weakness is that it's missing a decent burning app. Until now,
I "resolved" the problem by installing K3B, but it's sad having to install
50 MB (or more) of dependencies (qt, kdelibs, kde-i18n, k3b-i18n, ...) for
one single app, not to mention the resource-hunger - and the lack of
integration - of the app itself. So I gave the other candidates a try.
- Graveman looks more or less OK, but it's been abandoned.
- Brasero looks nice... but depends on Nautilus, and I don't want to
install Nautilus, since it tends to hijack the XFCE desktop.
- XFCE's XFburn is nice... but only manages to burn data CDs and DVDs.
- Serpentine (for audio CDs) apparently has more dependencies than it
seems, and after a sunny afternoon of errors, I just gave up.
- Which leaves Gnomebaker. Installed the few dependencies, compile went
without a hitch, and heyyyyy: it works!
... or almost. I have two minor requests to report: one (annoying) bug and
one missing feature.
1) The bug: since I burn a lot of audio CDs, I need to be able to import
playlists for audio CDs. At first glance, the importing seems to work...
except it stops short after the third or fourth song. The CD length
defaults to 21 minutes, and there's no way to exceed it. More annoying...
there's no way to change it. If I do change it and "import a playlist"
again, it starts another 21-minute-CD-project.
2) The feature: I have lots of music from different sources, and when I
burn mix CDs, I always use normalizing. But under Linux, K3B seems the
only app able to support that. Is there a way to implement normalizing in
Gnomebaker? That would be very nice.
cheers from the sunny south of France,