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Re: Using LightScribe on Debian? <Getting OT now>

On Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:54:36 -0800
Bob McGowan <bob_mcgowan@symantec.com> dijo:

>>> John Jason Jordan wrote:
>>>> I still want to be able to put an image on a CD or DVD, but I guess
>>>> the only way to do that properly is with an inkjet. But if I do it
>>>> only once every few months I'll have clogged jets, wasted ink from
>>>> cleaning, and constant headaches. 
>> If there was an inexpensive color laser printer that would do optical
>> media that would be great. 

>The only way I know to get a color image on the back of a CD/DVD is to
>use an Inkjet printer that can feed the disk through the print
>I know these are available and I expect it is what Paul was referring
>to, and what you mentioned a couple of posts ago regarding clogging
>Unfortunately, there's no other way I know of to get a color print on
>the disk.

My desktop computer has two Lightscribe DVD drives. I paid extra for
them hoping that they would do what I want, but since they are
grayscale only, the Lighscribe feature remains virtually unused.
(Although I did get them working back when I was running Ubuntu - and
I'm sure they can be made to work under Debian as well.)

My motivation is different from what most people want. I want to make
distro CDs and OpenOffice.org CDs that look official. 

I am a university student and quite often I encounter students who are
interested in FOSS, especially OOo. In the past I have given them a CD
with the software on it, only to discover that they never installed it.
Following up I discovered that the reason they never installed it is
from fear. Windows users are terrified of malware, and they know
nothing and trust even less. If I had a CD that looked like an official
install CD it would really help.

You have no idea how computer illiterate today's university students
are. Here is a recent exchange:

Grad student:	I've heard about Linux and I want to try it.
Me:			No problem. Here is a live CD of Ubuntu.
Grad student:	Oh, I can do it now. I can't install any more
			programs because my husband used up all
			the memory. I have to wait until I can afford
			to get a new computer with more memory.

I am not making this up. And I can add that professors are not a whole
lot more savvy.

I have discovered that getting them to Linux is too big a step for
most. But getting them to install OOo is much more doable. Once they
get comfortable with OOo I have a better chance of nudging them to
go all the way to Linux. But they're too scared to install OOo from a CD
scribbled on with a sharpie. And, curiously, the OOo organization does
not sell CDs with OOo on them. (Why?) I can get them commercially, but
the cost is too high. Hence my desire to make pretty CDs. In fact,
there are places at the university where I could make a cardboard stand
with CDs in it and a big poster explaining what it's all about.

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