[olug] Replacing and upgrading DVD Drives

Jordan Fox vmifox at gmail.com
Sun Jun 8 06:29:16 UTC 2008

I wouldn't buy a sony drive.  Sony uses their own proprietary communications
format.  Linux has reverse engineered it, but if you wanted to switch to a
BSD or another OS, you might be out of luck.  OpenBSD doesn't support Sony
drives because they don't want to spend the time to reverse engineer it.

Most any drive will work with Linux - including the generic ones.


On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 12:14 AM, Bill Eberly <imjustabill at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been using a Sony Optiarc DVD-RW in gentoo, and it works just great.
> Got it off Newegg for about $25
> On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 11:36 PM, Joe Gulizia <jrguliz at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I'm looking at replacing and adding DVD-RW drives to two or three
> machines.
> >  Any brand not linux friendly?  What brands do you prefer?  What should I
> > avoid?  Will either get from BestBuy or online via NewEgg or TigerDirect.
> >  Probably TD.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Joe
> >
> >
> >
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