I can't find any information that's more recent than 2 years on how to setup packetwriting for my DVD-RAM drive. I like DVD-RAMs for reliable backups and hope to set it up correctly. I tried with some outdated how-tos which resulted in messing up a lot because there was no udev back then! How can I achieve this setup in the latest Ubuntu?
DVD-RAM does not require packet writing.
If you are referring to DVD-RW or CD-RW packet writing, I know that there are HOWTOs all over the Internet. However, I have yet to find one that actually works with desktop environments/HAL/dbus/whatever it is that ubermodern systems are using instead of plain old fashioned manual configuration. :-)
I'm sure it is possible. I just can't figure out how to do it reliably without killing half the things that make my system useful. Sorry, this isn't much of an answer at all, I know: I have been searching for one for the last couple of years.
There really were some advantages to the way things were done a few or more years ago.