= B =
burn a CD
To write a software or document distribution on
writable CDROM. Coined from the fact that a laser is used to
inscribe the information by burning small pits in the medium, and
from the fact that disk comes out of the drive warm to the touch.
Writable CDs can be done on a normal desk-top machine with a
suitable drive (so there is no protracted release cycle associated with
making them) but each one takes a long time to make, so they are not
appropriate for volume production. Writable CDs are suitable for
software backups and for short-turnaround-time low-volume software
distribution, such as sending a beta release version to a few
selected field test sites. Compare cut a tape.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.