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Burning CDs Over the Network with webCDwriter
Getting and Installing webCDwriter
September 16, 2002
Most home and small offices really don't need more than one CD burner. Even many large companies only need one, or maybe two. Yet it only takes a few frustrating episodes to convince you that a few extra burners would be a good idea, especially if one of them was in your machine. Before you run out to purchase this new equipment, consider taking an older machine and setting it up by itself, with no other purpose than to be a CD burner.
Put it on the network and you don't even have to go to that machine's
console to do anything but swap media, thanks to an interesting tool
called webCDwriter. All you need is a machine with a CD writer
installed within it, and a Linux distribution running kernel 2.2.x or
To obtain webCDwriter, point your web browser to http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/jhaeger/webCDwriter/. There you will find the software package that contains the primary components. You only need to install this package on the burn server. The client machines will need different software, which we'll get to in the "Setting Up the Client Machine" section.
When at all possible, try the packaged versions first, unless you really enjoy building programs from source--I've found that the RPMs built for Red Hat 7.2, for example, work fine with the current Red Hat beta (codenamed "Null"). If you want to install the packaged binaries for Mandrake Linux, Red Hat Linux, or SuSE Linux, then:
That's it for installing the RPMs. All of the necessary components come in that one package. If you need or want to compile from source, then go to http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/jhaeger/webCDwriter/ and do the following:
When installing from source, you'll need to add the mpg123 software separately if it isn't already installed, but only if you intend to burn MP3s onto audio CDs.