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I'm thinking of backing up important CDs and DVDs by not simply copy-pasting the files from the CD or DVD, that's why i'd like to create ISO image files instead. What's a good app for that? It should run smoothly on Fedora 11.

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In Gnome you can :

  1. Insert the CD (or DVD) into the drive. A CD icon should appear on the desktop after it auto mounts
  2. Right click on the desktop icon and from the pop up menu select “Copy Disc…”
  3. On the small dialogue that appears the “Copy disc to:” field probably displays the CD/DVD writer drive. Change it to “Image File”, if not already selected.
  4. Select the Properties button, and the .iso file type.
  5. Select the “Copy” button
  6. Select “OK”

In KDE I like K3B - very easy to use.

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This one did the trick with the least effort. Thanks, Dave! –  Randell Nov 12 '09 at 12:24
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Use Brasero

sudo yum install brasero
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IsoMaster is pretty good and is bundled in every Linux distro.

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Gnome's nautilus, as DaveParillo suggests, uses Brasero, so if you're not using Gnome, just install Brasero (in Fedora it's a standard package, you might already have it---don't know about other distros), then choose "Copy CD/DVD", and do as Dave says.

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AcetoneISO can be the application you're looking for

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dd is readily available from the command line:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/home/sam/myCD.iso bs=2048 conv=sync,notrunc
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