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LightScribe support for Linux.
LaCie has released the first software that allows burning labels on LightScribe media using LightScribe drives under Linux.
LightScribe capable CD-R or DVD-R burner.
Visit the LightScribe download page for Linux: http://www.lightscribe.com/downloadSection/linux/index.aspx
Download the LightScribe System Software package "deb package" software.
Download the LightScribe Simple Application "deb package" software.
Download the LaCie 4L Labeler utility "deb package" software.
- Double-click the lightscribe-126.96.36.199-linux-2.6-intel.deb file and follow the prompts to install it.
- Double-click the lightscribeApplications-188.8.131.52-linux-2.6-intel.deb file and follow the prompts to install it.
Installing on amd64
The LightScribe packages can be forcibly installed on 64-bit systems.
First, install the 32-bit compatibility package:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
Second, force installation like this:
sudo dpkg --install --force-architecture lightscribe*.deb sudo dpkg --install --force-architecture 4l*.deb
This is an advanced command that can break your Ubuntu installation. Never force install a package unless you are prepared to restore the operating system from backup.
Running the 4L-gui or 4L-cli program in some cases (e.g., Ubuntu 9.10) will give the error:
error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
The problem is that the dpkg files do not install libstdc++.so.5 in /usr/lib32, only in /usr/lib and /usr/lib64. To fix this problem, run the following command:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/lightscribe/libstdc++.so.5.0.7 /usr/lib32/libstdc++.so.5
To create a symbolic link from the installed libstdc++ to a path where the application will find it.
If, while trying to run the Simple Labeler application, you receive a message that states, "error while loading shared libraries: liblightscribe.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory," manually run ldconfig like this:
Running the Applications
For creating simple text labels, with a variety of stock border decorations, use the SimpleLabler application:
For printing full-CD custom labels that you've created (typically use .png format), use the LaCie 4L application:
On my system, running Ubuntu 9.10, with a MadDog LightScribe drive, it takes about 14 minutes to print a full CD at normal contrast, and 27 minutes at high contrast.
These packages install programs as setuid root, which means that they run with full system privileges and could be a security risk.
Enable Enhanced Contrast
Activating the higher contrast print mode will let you print higher quality labels, at the cost of a bit longer burn time.
- Run the Enhanced Contrast Utility for Linux
Enter 1 to turn on Enhanced Contrast, or 2 to disable it.
This tip is documented on the LightScribe Pre-Release Software Evaluation page.
It has been reported that when installing to 64 bit environments as described above you may get the following error:
error while loading shared libraries: liblightscribe.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
The fix for this problem is to copy both liblightscribe.so and liblightscribe.so.1 files from from /usr/lib to /usr/lib32