CD writer (Was: Back Up Your Data - CD Burner Promotion)

Simon Roby shamblrd at
Tue Nov 5 05:46:59 PST 2002

----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon Geard" <delgarde at>
To: <blfs-support at>
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 5:01 AM
Subject: Re: CD writer (Was: Back Up Your Data - CD Burner Promotion)

> Ken Dyke wrote:
> > On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 09:37, Csaba Henk wrote:
> > > On Mon, 4 Nov 2002, Christian Lescuyer wrote:
> > > # look what I found in yesterday's freshmeat newsletter. Linus
> > > # himself patched cdrecord to make it work with ATAPI cdroms without
> > > # the IDE-SCSI translation stuff. I have yet to check it out.
> >
> > They are changing the way the IDE block layer in conjunction with
> > cd-rom/cdr works.  There are reports on the Linux Kernel mailing lists
> > of folks successfully using an alpha version of cdrtools with ide
> > protocol and the latest development kernel (2.5.45).  So, it will be
> > something we will see in the 2.6.x series.  I do not know enough of
> > the details to speculate as to whether it will get back ported to
> > 2.4.x.
> But then, it uses SCSI emulation for more than just CD writers - USB
> storage devices (e.g my camera) appear as SCSI discs, and I think the
> same applies to stuff like parallel-port zip disks and CD readers.
> From a config point of view, it'd be nice to have a pure SCSI system, so
> I could drop IDE altogether. Unfortunately, hard drivers are much more
> expensive, burners are more expensive and slower, and DVD drives are
> non-existant as far as I know (not to mention the cost of a controller).
> Simon.

Not to mention that since Apple stopped using SCSI in their machines, SCSI
is pretty much a dying fad, used only on systems that really need those
horribly fast (and horribly expensive) hard drives.
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