The other day I had downloaded Ubuntu’s latest version (9.10). The file that I received was that of an .iso format. The next step is to burn it to a CD. Now this is where a lot of people get confused. They usually burn the ISO as a file rather than that of a CD image. Not getting it? Just read on.
First of all what’s an .iso file?
Well its basically an image of the CD as it is. Rather that burning it as a file, you’ve got to burn it as an image into the CD.
Now here’s where the second trouble arises. If you were to search for something like ‘how to burn an ISO file’, you would probably get the answer of using Nero. Although it is a good software, it costs some dough (I’m an open source guy! ;D) and of late it’s got a lot of bloat accompanying it.
So what’s the free alternative then? Well a little searching around could lead to a lot of alternatives, still I prefer ISO Recorder (currently v2) Alex Feinman. You can download this software from here. It is currently available for Windows XP and above (even Seven.) It can be used to burn ISO’s to a CD or DVD.
Once downloaded, the installation is a breeze. Now just right click on the file that you want to burn as an image to the CD, and select ‘Copy Image To CD.’ That’s it, ISO Recorder would fire up immediately. Choose the drive you want to use for the burning process. You can also configure certain options like ‘Recording speed’ and ‘Eject afterwards.’
Such a breeze. So what’s your feedback? BTW, you can get links to download the Ubuntu 9.10 ISO from here. 🙂