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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A better CD encoder (abcde) is a console-based utility that grabs tracks off audio CDs and converts them to MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and other formats using backend programs such as cdparanoia and cdda2wav for grabbing tracks, and oggenc and lame for encoding them.
Abcde is actually just a Bourne shell script, albeit a fairly long one. It is well-written, and easy to hack and customize if you want to add features or change the way it works. Packages are available for most Linux distributions and BSDs, but if you can't find a suitable package for your favorite OS, don't worry; since it's a shell script, no compilation is required. Just download the latest tarball, unpack it, and run make install as root to install it on your system.
Since abcde is just a front end, you may need to install some other programs in order to get the job done, if they're not installed already.