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Quoting Ryan (ryan@mother.com):

> Also, is it worth the effort to look up linux compatabi;lity or do
> they all pretty much work?

ATAPI is ATAPI is ATAPI.  The people who have particular trouble are
those who've unwittingly bought drives that require special
(non-standard) hardware interfaces.  Many of those were cheap
enhancements to certain soundcards.  

ATAPI has the advantage of being standard, and is thus supportable using
standard drivers, but comes with two inherent (relatively small)
disadvantages:  (1) Considering that one of the design aims of ATA
("IDE") all along has been to hit bottom dollar, quality has been
variable, and so in rare cases compatibility suffers.  (2) In Linux,
support for ATAPI CDRs is via an additional emulation layer that makes
them look like SCSI, so they can be supported as SCSI devices.  Which
adds a little complexity of setup.

Most people come by ownership of ATAPI devices as an automatic default,
not even thinking of buying something else by preference.  If you're one
of those, don't worry about it.  It'll work OK.

-- 
Cheers,   The difference between common sense and paranoia is that common sense
Rick Moen     is thinking everyone is out to get you.  That's normal; they are.
rick@linuxmafia.com      Paranoia is thinking they're conspiring.  -- J. Kegler
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