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    Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Pretty hard to find a BD player / writer for Linux...

    I guess some of the players are Linux compatible, but it's not written on the box.

    Any recommendation of a BD (R/W) brand / model that works on a recent Ubuntu? [ internal preferred, external ok ]

    ( and an easy way to change the regcod would be a + )

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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Still looking for a Linux compatible BD drive, thanks

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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    I run an LG BH12LS38 with no trouble, have not tried burning bluray discs with it though...
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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Thanks - any issue with the re9ion c0de5?

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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    is it beginner friendly? last time i checked a year or more ago you needed to get quite hands on with code and compiling to just play blu rays, I cant be bothered with the fuss, if they work out of the box ill reconsider picking one up
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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Captain, it seems the recent Ubuntu plays BD out of the box.

    But I live abroad and wonder if regcods will be a problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kleenux View Post
    Thanks - any issue with the re9ion c0de5?
    I have not yet tried blurays from other regions but wikipedia suggests this is not such a great problem.
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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    I have not yet tried blurays from other regions but wikipedia suggests this is not such a great problem.
    Unfortunately, it was the case till a few years (even months) ago, when majors were still pushing the BD to replace the DVDs (in other words, they didn't put a code for BD). Thus the wiki article (that didn't change for a long time).
    Recent BDs have a code - and living abroad, using BD from various sources is a pain [ yes, purchasing legally a costly BD can be a PITA when living overseas ].

    Moreover, unlike DVDs, the player has to [must] delegate a number of features to the program hard written on the BD. This is again thanks to the majors who trust more their own program than the players firmware [ and this is why sometimes simple features simply do not work because the BD didn't implement them... it's another story ]

    Thus the "hack" is not that simple, as it has to answer the BD requests (following a protocol).

    Therefore my worries...

    Some players are easier to control than others - I'd like to purchase one of the "easy" ones

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    Re: Linux friendly Blu Ray drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Kleenux View Post
    Pretty hard to find a BD player / writer for Linux...

    I guess some of the players are Linux compatible, but it's not written on the box.

    Any recommendation of a BD (R/W) brand / model that works on a recent Ubuntu? [ internal preferred, external ok ]

    ( and an easy way to change the regcod would be a + )
    FWIW, I have been using an LG WH10LS30 bluray drive for reading/writing BDs for a while in my ubuntu desktop.

    I use blu-rays only to burn data backups, not movies. I've burnt very many 25gb disks with no problems. In order to get K3b to burn & verify blurays though, I had to install the cdrecord utilities and get "k3b" to discover cdrecord, running k3b's automatic setup (otherwise, K3b would only produce coasters) - I followed the instructions referenced in post #7 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2047399.
    I have used both BD-R and BD-RE media for backups. I haven't tried any dual-layer (50gb) disk but this drive is supposed to work with them.
    I try and avoid what they call "LTH" BD-R disks (which are usually the cheapest)

    Last edited by ariel; January 7th, 2013 at 05:55 AM.

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