"..In making the announcement, Panasonic officials credited Linux community member, Nathan Laredo, for developing the DVD-RAM Linux driver and making it available to millions of users worldwide at no cost. The driver can be downloaded from http://mpeg.openprojects.net/panasonic.html . With driver support for the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive, Linux users can store large files on 5.2GB removable media and perform system backups for less than a penny per Megabyte. The same DVD-RAM drive can be used to read CDs.
The Linux driver treats DVD-RAM media like any other removable hard drive media, allowing users to treat the DVD-RAM drive just as they would any other hard drive in Linux. With support for the DVD-RAM drive Linux users can write and overwrite DVD-RAM media and can read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives, as well as DVD video, DVD-ROM and DVD-R drives.."