To whom may have been offended by someone on the Internet calling them silly : Why do you feel desktop widgets are not as silly as I might make them out to be and why should I take them more seriously?
smplayer is only a gui for mplayer. If you want to be cool use it from cli
growisofs or wodim is not that hard to use, but for cd burning i prefer wine and
as the verify option is much better. you can even verify already burnt iso images with it.
Pity though it's not free software.