Burning the .iso file to CD

If you are new to downloading Linux distros as .iso files and burning these to create a bootable CD, you need to be aware that you don’t just copy (write/burn) the .iso file to a blank CD. An iso file is essentially an electronic image of a CD-ROM that has been created under a particular standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Consequently, you need disk burning (or disk authoring) software that can process the “image file” and write the contents to a blank CD to create a bootable disk. Most of the major disk-burning packages, such as Roxio and Nero, have such a disk authoring feature built-in. For Windows users, CDBurnerXP is a free, and easy to use, utility program that has a “Burn ISO image” option.

References:

ISO file
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image

Burn CD’s and DVD’s for free – with CDBurnerXP
http://opcug.ca/public/Reviews/CDBurnerXP.htm

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