Re: DVD writing, alpha architecture, recommendations wanted
> - Is writing of DVDs supported on alpha architecture, and if yes, is it
> still `buggy' or ok?
As for dvd+rw-tools. There were couple of success reports from Alpha
Linux users and I see no reason why it should be more "buggy" or less ok
on Alpha Linux than on any other Linux (or other supported architecture
for that matter).
> For cdrecord-prodvd I do not see alpha/linux architecture. For
> dvd+rw-tools I have built my own backport from the debian/sid package,
> but got the following errors compiling:
> growisofs.c: In function `setup_fds':
> growisofs.c:503: warning: cast from pointer to integer of different size
Note that those are not errors, but warnings. I can assure that they
don't affect functionality of dvd+rw-tools and the latter should perform
as intended. I can also add that warning will be eliminated in next
> - Can I put the DVD writer on the Promise controller?
> I know that there are some controllers which do not accept CDROM
> drives (my HPT eg).
I have no comment on this.
> - Finally, which DVD writer could you recommend?
The market is not very mature and it's apparently possible to run into
trouble with virtually any unit. By "trouble" I mean media problems,
poorly supported media in firmware, which manifest themselves in most
> Our main/only usage will be for backing up
^^^^^^^^^^ Just pick brand-name unit
and stick to brand name media.
> - Do you know a `good' backup program for DVD?
Keep in mind that this is a *discussion* forum. Define "backup program"
and then define "'good' backup program." Think about what's so special
about DVD in context of these two definitions. Which backup programs did
you use so far? Were they 'good'? Think about why can't you use then
with DVD? A.