Creating a disc image has its advantageous rather than the usual “copy->paste” methods as it lets us create an exact replica of the source disc. For instance, if you’re trying to make a boot-able copy of say Ubuntu itself, then as most knows, if we just copy and paste the content and later burn it to a CD/DVD then you won’t be able to boot your PC using it.
Or if you have CD/DVD with thousands of small files (images for instance) and all you want is to make a copy/burn to a new disc, then the best option is to create a disc image and burn it later as it significantly fasten up the process.
But they do have a weakness of their own. That’s is, a disc image is actually a sort of an archive so once created one, you just can’t access its content like with a folder using your file manager and edit the content easily (deleting, creating folders etc). In those cases our best option is to “mount” the disc image in a virtual CD/DVD drive which should solve the problem.
Although in my old blog I’ve written about a handful of them such as the Furious ISO mount for instance, but If you want a most basic (simple), extremely light on your resources type disc image mounter for Ubuntu, then “Mounty” is an excellent utility.
*. This is based on the Ubuntu’s “App indicator” protocol, thus should integrate quite nicely with the Unity desktop. This is very useful in Ubuntu 11.10 specially since there’s no Gnome classic desktop and some of the other mounters have issues while using under the “App indicator” protocol.
*. Runs in the notification area (obviously) with notification message support.
*. Enable/Disable automatic loading on system start-up.
*. Even supports burning it into a CD/DVD drive: Well actually it just opens the default optical burning software of Ubuntu (Brasero).
*. Unmounting too :).
You can install Mounty in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 11.04 Natty Narwhal (might also work in older versions too) by using the below commands in your Terminal window.
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss / #SKSS”
wget http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss/repo.pub.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add --
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mounty
Below is a screenshot of an ISO image mounted and opened in Nautilus.