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Monday, April 23, 2007

Nero Linux 3 comeing soon.

As GNU/Linux becomes more mature, the need for more mainstream applications becomes apparent. This process of growth is of course still continuing and Nero AG has decided to jump into the game, with a Linux version of their real popular Windows disk authoring software, NeroLinux. NeroLINUX comes with .deb and .rpm packages. I installed the .rpm on my openSUSE 10.2 box. Nero added menu items to KDE as well as openSUSE 10.2 's universal menu creation scheme which supports all available window managers. According to the manual, it's supposed to support GNOME menus as well.

I know there are GNU/Linux fanatics who will only use free/no cost software.You know me, I think that kind of thinking is just crazy myself. If there is a good commercially available application in Linux offered at a fair price, and you need it, then go buy it. I have installed Nero Linux 2 which has better support for dual-layer DVD drives than the open source counterpart CD burner package, K3B, which recently released version 1.0. How ever K3B is actually a little better than Nero 2 for many things. Good news if you own a retail copy of Nero 6 for Windows, you can simply plug in your Windows license key into Nero Linux to activate the full version. They don't make you pay twice....If you already own the Windows ver. consider it a free bonus, which is awesome.

Now enters Nero Linux 3 beta...

Again NeroLINUX3 beta comes in .deb and .rpm packages. It sports an improved graphical user interface similar to the look and feel of the current Windows Nero Burning ROM 7 edition. Though K3b can be used to copy almost any DVD to similar medium, it does not provide a way to copy, or reproduce HD DVD, Blu-ray disc or a double-layer DVD onto double-layer medium. If you need to copy the contents of a double-layer DVD to double-layer medium, you may want to look at NeroLINUX over K3b.

NEROLinux 3 beta here

Publisher's description:

Nero Linux 3 features:
Blu-ray and HD DVD data recording support
Upgrade to GTK 2.0
Improved graphical user interface similar to the look and feel of the current Nero Burning ROM 7 edition
Unicode support in all languages currently supported by Nero 7 Premium Reloaded

System Requirements
Linux Kernel 2.4 or newer (2.6 recommended) with X-Window
Glibc 2.3.2 and libstdc++6 3.4
GTK+ 2.4.10 (or newer)
800 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor, AMD Sempron™ 2200+ processors or equivalent, 128 MB RAM
Hard drive space: 50 MB for program installation
CD, DVD, Blu-ray, or HD DVD recordable or rewritable drive for burning

About Nero

Nero ( develops and distributes the world’s leading digital media solutions for consumers and professionals. Today more than 200 million users worldwide rely on Nero’s award-winning and trusted, industry approved applications to manage the needs of the connected digital home and forward-thinking corporations.

Nero’s rapidly-growing portfolio of products defines new levels of innovation in the company’s three key areas of focus: Digital Media Solutions - delivering multimedia applications for audio, video, photo and TV capturing, editing, burning, managing and sharing; Audio and Video Compression Technologies - providing world-class interoperable standards-based solutions for encoding and decoding digital content with support for Next Generation HD and popular handheld formats; and VoIP Solutions - providing cost-effective voice, text and video communication over the Internet for home and business.

Nero products are globally distributed by leading hardware manufacturers, international distribution partners and online portals, and can be purchased directly at Nero provides worldwide coverage through Nero AG Headquarters based in Karlsbad, Germany and three Sales Offices worldwide: EMEA in Karlsbad, Germany, Americas in Glendale, California, USA, and APAC in Yokohama, Japan.


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