One of my good friends bought me a used ASUS BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G Blu-Ray optical drive with Super Speed USB 3.0 technology from Amazon recently. I have an ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC with 8.00 gigabytes of dual-channel DDR3 1,066 MHz SDRAM and an Intel 2nd Generation 2.5" MLC NAND FLASH X25-M 160.00 gigabyte Solid State Drive. It comes with Super Speed USB 3.0 and a nVIDIA GT 325M GPU with nVIDIA Optimus technology. I installed Red Hat Fedora 16 64 bit GNU/Linux as my primary operating system of choice.
I have not received delivery of this specific product yet. Based on the customer reviews, it looks to be compatible with Ubuntu GNU/Linux.
I do have a few general questions:
1. Do I need to download and install special device drivers to make this work on Red Hat Fedora 64 bit GNU/Linux? Is it truly plug and play right out of the box? Does anyone here have this specific ASUS Blu-Ray optical drive too?
2. Do I need to download and install any specific software packages so that I can watch Blu-Ray movies? I have a Netflix account and I paid an extra $2.00 USD per month to be able to rent both DVD-Videos and Blu-Ray discs. I have never watched a Blu-Ray movie on my computer beforehand. I prefer to watch DVD-Video movies using VLC. Will VLC be able to play Blu-Ray discs right out of the box? If I do need to install additional software packages, then what do I need to install and how do I do that?
3. I would like to be able to write to blank CD-R, DVD +/- R/RW, and Blu-Ray discs. Will K3b, Brasero, and other software packages be able to write data to these different disc formats right out of the box or do I need to install additional software packages or plug-ins or add-ons? If so, then what do I need to install and how do I do that?
4. I use Hand Brake, sound-juicer, and Asunder along with K9Copy to rip, encode, compress music CDs and DVD-Videos. Can I use the same software packages to rip, encode, and compress Blu-Ray discs too? What software packages will allow me to do this right out of the box for Blu-Ray discs? How do I install them and use them?
I am thinking that this will work right out of the box for me since I already have an ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC and an ASUS EEE Pad Transformer 16.00 gigabyte tablet. I have had no problems with ASUS branded hardware products with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Support or Red Hat Fedora 16 64 bit GNU/Linux previously.
Amazon sent me a SMS text message stating that I should expect delivery of this ASUS BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G this upcoming Monday.
I have an AdvancED USB 3.0 Hub with an AC adapter plug. It has four Super Speed USB 3.0 ports.
If you can answer my questions, then that would be great. Thank you.