As there are so many tutorials online for how to compile applications, I won't provide them here. Trust me, you want someone other than me explaining it to you. That being said, it's really not hard. It might look scary, but it's usually a very simple process that involves extracting the .tar.**** file, and then building it with a simple command. I would encourage you to at least give it a try. Issues with DVD and CD burning software is why I have abandoned the CD/DVD platform altogether. I don't think it's necessary in today's day and age unless you have CD/DVD players in your cars or something that can't use USB flash or some other form of flash storage (i.e. iPod, Zune, etc.).
I'm glad you found some info. Like I said, I'd love to help, but I avoid that CD/DVD burning software like the plague. It's kind of a crapshoot whether or not the software works on any given update release. It might be worth making a short post describing exactly what the issue was under the hood and what the solution was for people if they have the same issue.Cheers
So on your fresh install are you finding your DVD authoring software works as expected? One thing which comes to mind is that you can run most software using a terminal command. Sometimes when things fail, like disk burning, it could (not always) give an error, which in turn might aid you in finding a solution. In the case where you stated an update possibly prevents the software from functioning, you could find that running in a terminal could reveal a shared object file contains "unidentified symbols", "missing" or other miscellaneous errors. You can then search online for solutions to the error messages you see...
Even the computer that did allow me to do it, for some reason, synaptic still thinks I have 0.5.4 installed LOL But you can clearly see when you open the program, click on help and says 0.5.5.