"Having decided to take the plunge and purchase a CD writer for
my computer, I realized I didn't know the first thing about CDRW
drives and Linux. So I asked around, read the CD-Writing HOWTO,
checked out the cdrecord FAQ about which drives are supported in
version 1.9 and read Andy McFadden's CD-Recordable FAQ.
Additionally, I did a Google search for information about CD
writing and Linux. All this was quite elucidating, and I quickly
made a list of manufacturers whose products I would be willing to
purchase: Phillips, Sony, Yamaha, Plextor and HP. I also gathered
from my research several key points that would determine the
endeavor's success or failure...
"I made careful notes on these points and did some research on
my system (Red Hat 7.3 with a stock 2.4.18-3 kernel). I learned
that the default RH 7.3 kernel included all the things I needed, no
recompiling necessary. With that, I began to narrow my drive