[sf-lug] Sunday meeting at the Javacat--11 AM to 1 PM

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Mar 3 22:35:06 PST 2007

Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):

> someone emailed me directly and offered a spare DVD; if that person
> brings it sometime, we'll all have the opportunity to install some
> hardware and then tear our hair out finding the right drivers and
> applications. 

ATAPI ("IDE") CD and DVD drives all have no-brainer generic ATAPI driver
support for read mode, in Linux.  There's pretty much nothing to do.

For write mode (on "burner" drives that also support writing data to
media), the situation's almost that good:  Pretty much everything is
addressable using the standard MMC-3 disk-writing command set -- so you
just use ye olde dvdrecord / cdrecord utilities, and they Just Work.

As to the hardware itself, you just set the jumper and plug it in.  Long
as you have the usual Philips screwdriver, you're gold.

> it'll be good practice using the DISPLAY environment variable, too.

Um, why?  Wouldn't you just do "ssh -Y user at hostname" and let ssh take
care of all the DISPLAY and MIT magic cookie claptrap automatically
(assuming you're determined to do remote X11, which which in my
experience isn't really all that useful)?  I might be missing your
point:  There are probably other reasons why one might need to reset the
value of DISPLAY -- but usually the main reason is remote X11 imaging, 
which is much less painful if you just tunnel it through ssh.

Rick Moen                                    Ita erat quando hic adveni.
rick at linuxmafia.com

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