The problem is that the distribution doesn’t offer the format at all. We have at least LG SuperMulti drives for a long time in the market. They sell them with no blank DVD-RAm discs, and if you want to buy them you have to look hard to find them, and I haven’t seen a 5x disc yet in a shop! And when they are on the shelfs, most of them are just 2.4x… DVD-RAM has the advantages pointed out by Wesley - ease of use. But you can write them up to 100 000 times, compared to the 1000 times for a -/+R(W), and if we had the old ones with a cartridge (you can take the disc out and use it bare, anyway), the disc wouldn’t fingertips/dust and would last much longer. Anyway, studies indicate 100 years for them, compared to 30 years for DVDs. If prices were convenient, it would be the choice for keeping files in a better way. Its curious that JVC and Panasomic allways used them in home DVD recorders. So, we should think about the reasons for the format being so popular in the fareast and almos inexistent in Europe.