After a recent hardware upgrade (that lost me 7+ years of photo's, unfortunately
) I have a need for a new SATA optical drive. Given the (fairly) recent headway Linux has made in using Blu-Ray devices, and their massive storage capacity compared to a DVD, I'm inclined to go for a BR drive. How are users experiences with BR drives and blank media, does it require a working BR setup for playing a DVD (or would the drive react as a DVD drive when inserting a DVD) or any other quirks and pitfalls using a BR device on Linux (in particular Debian)?
I have no interest in playing HD video, nor movies on/from BR disks. I do have a number of movies on DVD that may or may not need libdvdcss to play. BR players have more stringent DRM measures then DVD had, would I still be able to view these disks?