Yes, it has taken some time but 10 years and 180 million copies since its Windows debut in 1995, Linux users now have their own version of Nero.
Now, it doesn’t take a genius to spot this port is well overdue but at least it looks to be a pretty thorough job. Dubbed “NeroLinux”, (I will never give up my crusade against pointless word squashing, never!), it allows users to burn data to CDs and DVDs, create disc images and bootable discs, Enhanced CDs, audio CDs with CD text, it is capable of mixed mode and multisession recording and has support for what it phrases as "double layer" DVDs.
Compatibility is reasonably comprehensive as well with the software provided as a standard Linux package in RPM or DEB. Supported 32-bit platforms include Red Hat 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0, Enterprise Linux 3.0, SuSE 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, Debian 3.0, Fedora Core 1, 2, 3 and Future 3.1.
Basic PC functionality such as drive auto-detection (up to and including all CD and DVD writer models supported by Nero 6.6), external USB recorder support, FreeDB compatibility (to get audio disc information over the Internet) and Ultra Buffer support also made the transition across operating systems.
Should neroLinux appeal, it is free of charge to those who have previously registered a full version of Nero 6.3 or above. If you haven't bought Nero before then weirdly you'll have to register a Windows based version on its site ($59.99) in order to download NeroLinux "free". Strange system, if you ask me?
Likewise, if you are an OEM user Nero says you will get a "special discount" should you choose to upgrade, though it did not specify the amount. Naturally - given the 10 year wait - NeroLinux is out immediately.