The console certainly makes it easier, no need to run a program, enter a single line of mount - umount the image is mounted/unmounted many... But the console seems awkward, intimidating, and plus, these methods still have some drawbacks/limitations.
I recently wrote about how easy it is to mount any ISO image. But there is some difference between the mounting terminal and CDemu.
For example, an ordinary terminal methods do not emulate drive emulate, only file system. In some cases it is enough, sometimes not. And besides fuseiso can't mount images over 2Gb, which at the moment is a major shortcoming, and mount can mount only ISO images, using the same Converter is not always convenient.
CDemu allows you to create virtual drives through vhba-kernel module, allowing you to use disk images as if the CD/DVD drive inserted a real disc.
In CDemu supports many image formats, such as mdf/mds, nrg, bin/cue, iso, ccd, daa, c2d, toc, b6t, cdi, cif. And TR / Transfer Rate (read speed) and DPM emulation (location data).
CDemu-applet uses very simple! Click the right mouse button on it called the list of drives. There select the desired drive and clicking on it opens the dialog browse the file system in which you specify the path to the disk image.
Unmounting image can be produced and from the file manager, as well as physical disk or re-select it in the menu applet by right mouse click. Left mouse button calls up the settings dialog of the applet, left-click on the drive it causes the options dialog box. And the program shows pop-up messages about mounted/unmounted.
Installation into Linux Mint 15/16/17/17.1/17.2:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cdemu/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcdemu