cdrkit 1.1.9 was released on 2008-10-26. It was created out of necessity by people fed up with the cdrtools's authors' shenanigans, not out of hostility.
Perhaps the situation is changing these days (though I would hardly call Gentoo and Slackware leading indicators), but for a point of view based on current reality rather than the author's hopes for the future, try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdrkit
Hope this helps some folks out there.
The author is a class-A nutjob who has gotten in huge flamewars with everyone distributing his software. djb anyone? The result is a package that works well nowhere (except Solaris?) because the author has his own idea of the One True Way to talk to devices that doesn't have a basis in current reality. What. ever.
All major distributions (Red Hat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SuSE, Mandriva, Gentoo) have moved years ago to cdrkit, a fork maintained by authors who aren't hostile to distributions and their needs. http://www.cdrkit.org/