"I feel quite old now. When I started using recordable CD-ROM
drives, they were large external SCSI devices. I remember the pain
of wasting ten bucks on CD-R media when the disc failed to write
"Now IDE recordable CD-ROM drives are under $200, with the media
costing pennies a piece instead of dollars. Low cost write-once
(CD-R) and re-writable (CD-RW) CD-ROM make a great backup media.
They're also handy for downloading ISO files of the latest Linux
"But IDE CD-RW installation under Linux has one pitfall ... the
kernel. Since Linux utilities treat all CD-RW drives as SCSI
devices, some kernel modification is required to properly utilize
IDE CD-RW drives."
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