"In the old command-line days, about the only way to write a
CD-ROM on a Linux system was to know the set of commands that build
an ISO filesystem and then copy it to a CD. Today, with the
availability of GUI-based CD creation programs such as K3B, the old
command-line method is pretty much forgotten.
"Those GUIs are fine for building a CD from ordinary files
stored on your hard disk--text, data, music and such--but sometimes
you need to do the equivalent of copying a CD image onto a new CD.
A common occurrence of this is with a Linux distribution. For
example, Knoppix is distributed in this manner, as is the SuSE Live
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