This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
The choice of what hardware to buy is dictated by software availability.
Find the software you want to use (common choices include "cdrecord",
listed in section (6-1-20), GEAR in section (6-1-3), and CDR Publisher in
section (6-1-9)). All support a variety of recorders, primarily SCSI
Consult the software manufacturer's web site for any specific
It's possible to get IDE recorders working under Linux, by installing
an "ide-scsi" module that makes the recorder work more or less like
a SCSI device. This is similar to what the Windows ASPI layer does
for IDE devices. See the CD-Writing HOWTO for more details (try
The Sun CD FAQ at http://www.datamodl.demon.co.uk/suncd/ has some
helpful tips on using CD recorders and creating bootable CD-ROMs for