New Projects - Fresh from the Labs

And, as root or with sudo:

# make install


On what must be a record string of luck, Xfburn was the third app in a row to install itself in the menu. Check under Utilities→Xfburn. If it's not there, enter xfburn at the command line. For me, first impressions were of a slimmed-down K3b, and if you're finding this strangely reminiscent of that last PCManFM section, you're right. This is another one of those instant-loading programs that doesn't contain a zillion warning messages upon startup, and it has functional aesthetics without being ugly and GNOMEish (yes, I said it—send all hate mail to the address at the end of this article).

However, usage still is fairly restricted for the moment. As you can see from those three big buttons at the start, you currently are limited to “Burn Image, New Data Composition and Blank Disc”. Any new projects are opened in new tabs, K3b style, leaving the welcome screen at the first tab, allowing you to continue with more burning tasks. The Preferences section is clean and simple, and it lets you scan for devices without any of the manual trickery you may expect from a lightweight application. The nicest touch I found was the drop-down box toward the bottom right of the screen when composing a new disc that lets you choose whatever size disc you are using on the fly—very refreshing.

For the moment, this application is quite limited in that it's data-only for now (no audio CDs or video DVDs), but it still is in heavy development. The development team has made the wise choice of making the program very modular and scalable, allowing them to add bits later but keep the mechanics tight on what they have coded for now. Again, for any lightweight distro builders, this is a neat choice, and once development has added further functionality, Xfburn and PCManFM would make a formidable combination for everyday desktop usage.

John Knight is a 24-year-old, drumming- and climbing-obsessed maniac from the world's most isolated city—Perth, Western Australia. He can usually be found either buried in an Audacity screen or thrashing a kick-drum beyond recognition.


John Knight is the New Projects columnist for Linux Journal.

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