I have scourged websites for Samsung / Lite-on/ LG / Asus and none list "Linux" in their OS Supported sections.

Is there a special brand / model of dvd drive for Ubuntu / Linux? Thank you.

  • I think you need to define "work". Most retail consumer DVD drives will read disks just fine in Linux. It gets a bit more complicated (but not much anymore) when your trying to burn a DVD. Playing a DVD (movie) can be a nightmare to a first computer user regardless of OS. I don't know of any "LightScribe" burners that will "print" on the disks in Linux.
    – coteyr
    Oct 9, 2013 at 19:22
  • I just need to be able to use it to: 1) load Ubuntu, 2) load other programs, 3) transfer data (read/write). You mention (at the bottom) there are plenty of drives that don't work. Is there a short list of brnds/models that you would avoid? With the answers provided I am leaning towards just purchasing an LG sata dvd drive.
    – Peter
    Oct 9, 2013 at 20:04
  • Th LG drive should work fine, retail drives should work fine.
    – coteyr
    Oct 9, 2013 at 20:14
  • ubuntu.com/certification could help you as well (though it's more for complete system)
    – coteyr
    Oct 9, 2013 at 20:16
  • I appreciate your time. Thank you & everyone else.
    – Peter
    Oct 9, 2013 at 20:19

4 Answers 4


Generally, most dvd drives use a standard method of communicating with the OS. They have to, too, because everyone expects to be able to boot from them from within the BIOS, which is very bare-bones. The only issue you might run into is playing dvds.

That requires some legally questionable libdvdcss stuff, or a $20 player from the Ubuntu Software Centre.


Generally should every DVD drive work with Ubuntu.

I don't know why it should not and never saw one, that didn't worked with Ubuntu, too.

  • You have not been exposed to much hardware, there are plenty of DVD drives that will not work in Linux.
    – coteyr
    Oct 9, 2013 at 19:18

Virtually any major brand DVD drive would work. Samsung, Lite-on, LG, Asus, HP, Sony, and Plextor. SATA or IDE interface.


Yes it should work. If the site doesn't show Linux as supported OS, it doesn't mean that it will not support.

In my desktop, I'm using LG DVD/RW Drive, and in my laptop it is Samsungs' DVD Drive. My friends are using HP, Sony, Dell and others laptops with different DVD/RW drives and they never faced any trouble using with Ubuntu.

In short yes it should support without any problem...

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