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Dec 12, 2000, 22:31 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Field)

"One of the best things of Linux distributions being free (as in beer, in this case) is that this means you can download your favorite distribution online. Now, most of these distributions can be installed over the network, from another partition of your hard drive, or off of a CD. If you want to install a CD, and you don't want to pay for the distribution, you can get ISO images of the distributions and burn them to CD."

"This makes CD-RW drives even more enticing to Linux users, and their ability to copy and create audio CDs isn't bad either. In this review, I will discuss the PlexWriter 12/10/32A, an ATAPI CD-RW."

"The PlexWriter 12/10/32A is the latest entry in Plextor's long line of CD-recordable/rewriteable drives. Besides sporting faster speeds, which can make a big difference in CD-RW drives, this drive also sports Sanyo's new BURNProof technology, licensed for use in the Plextor. What BURNProof does is prevent fatal buffer underruns by stopping the recording process when the flow of data is interupted by other programs taking up CPU and disk time. Once the interuption stops, it resumes recording the next frame right after the last recorded frame. This helps prevent wasted time for those burning CD-RWs and the all-to-common coasters (useless discs) when burning CD-R discs."

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