"CD-Writer are very common these days and can be seen on
most desktops. Linux, as with most things, doesn't make things very
easy for you. I've suffered through it so you don't."
"CD-Writers are very popular now and Linux does have good
support for your cd-writer. Your cd-writer should work just fine
with Linux unless you have a really old one. If you have a SCSI
cd-writer then it should work right out of the box. If you have an
IDE cd-writer then there is a little more work involved. You will
have to recompile your kernel with SCSI support. This SCSI support
is just a emulation and not an actual SCSI implementation. USB
writers are not supported as of now, though parallel port writers
seem to be."