LightScribe Support Comes to Linux
Earlier this year I saw a question on the Ubuntu Forums looking for a way to use LightScribe on Linux. Unfortunately, no software was available for LightScribe drives on Linux at that time, only Windows. Fortunately, that is no longer true. LaCie has recently released the LaCie LightScribe Labeler for Linux, also called 4L. For those who are unfamiliar with it, LightScribe is a method to write a label directly onto a CD or DVD.
As part of the release announcement, LaCie specifically calls out the software as a great addition to K3b, and even has a quote from Sebastian Trueg (K3b's lead developer). It's great to see a quality open source app getting recognized as worth partnering with.
I won't rehash a detailed description of the LightScribe technology. It you'd like to find out a little more, check out this page.
The LightScribe Labeler software is available as a freely downloadable rpm file and comes with both a graphical (GUI) and command-line interface (CLI). You will also need to install the LightScribe Host Software, which is also available as an rpm. For Debian based distributions you can use Alien to install the rpm files.
I haven't yet seen any user comments to find out if the software works on drives from other vendors, but the language on LaCie's website seems to indicate that it should. If you have a LightScribe drive, please post any comments about your experiences with various hardware and distributions.