All CD-ROM drives should work similarly for reading data.
There are various compatibility problems with audio CD playing
utilities. (Especially with newer low-end NEC drives.) Some
alpha drivers may not have audio support yet.
Early (single speed) NEC CD-ROM drives may have trouble
with currently available SCSI controllers.
PhotoCD (XA) is supported. The hpcdtoppm program by Hadmut
Danisch converts PhotoCD files to the portable pixmap format.
The program can be obtained from
or as part of the PBM utilities.
Also, reading video CD is supported in kernel series
2.1.3x and later. A patch is available for kernel 2.0.30.
Finally, most IDE CD-ROM Changers are supported.