LXF amigos and amigas,
I'm on the hunt for a Linux-friendly slimline / portable external DVD burner, preferably with both USB2.0 and Firewire connections, and while pondering this, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be great to see a current "best of the best" roundup of the whole gamut of "consumer"-focussed, Linux-loving hardware in an upcoming Linux Format issue?"
I then thought to myself, "Yes, it would, wouldn't it?"
For me, the primary criteria for such a tech roundup is universal Linux support, without fiddly tweaking (or as near to it as possible). Other key criteria include the ability to modify or repair the tech, i.e. to favour those devices which are designed to use standard or non-proprietary connections, and batteries and components which are modular or at least easily replaceable with a modicum of skill and tools. I reckon another key criteria is elegance and simplicity in use, etc.
One worthy submission to such a roundup, IMHO, is the Zoom H1 Handy (audio) recorder, which I was put onto by one of the folks at my local LUG - excellent audio quality, easy-peasy controls, uses replaceable memory cards and can run on an AA rechargeable battery!
Your thoughts, folks?
Alice Springs, Australia (the antipodean colony)