project has been formed by Bernhard Rosenkraenzer to fill a void in the
Linux DVD authoring landscape:
dvdrtools is a fork of cdrtools, with the primary goals of remaining 100% Free Software (dvdrtools is a fork of the last version of cdrtools without any "you are not allowed to modify this section" comments), and adding support for DVD-R/DVD-RW drives and media.
For a bit of history on issues surrounding the cdrecord code, see, for example,
some comments about that code's author (Jörg Schilling) by
Danny O'Brien in his
a comment from Linus Torvalds regarding cdrecord and SCSI device
numbering issues. In a classic open-source software move, the solution
for dealing with personality issues involving the author of some
extremely useful code was to fork the project and move on.
Version 0.3.1 of DVD-R Tools and the associated dvdrecord utility
on February 25, the description further clarifies the goals of
It is a fork of cdrtools that
(as the name indicates) adds support for writing to DVD-R and DVD-RW disks
using purely Free Software, that tries to do things the Linux way ("dvdrecord
dev=/dev/cdrom whatever.iso") without suggesting to use 2.4 kernels or even
other operating systems, uses a standard make system, is maintained in a
public svn repository, and does away with a lot of the libc
functionality-clones found in cdrtools.
The NEWS file from
the software distribution details the progress that has been made
since the project's inception. The code is available for download
The DVD-R Tools project aims to clean up the cdrecord code, remove
support for obsolete compilers, remove duplication of code
and in general, produce a more typical open-source software collection.
Instead of the typical "standing on the shoulders of giants" concept,
this code fork adds ".. in order to to grab the bottom rung of a
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