Hello new friend,
I didn't think it was possible, but you have perhaps invited a flame from every software tribe in this community,,,LOLOL
To answer your question simply...to all the yes or no questions,,,,,,answer is yes and or yes usually...
To answer the whats best why questions.....answer is try them....even the payware stuff offers demos....the best software is the software that works best for you..
As too the freeware stuff, a few days here in any given forum will clearly point you to decent freeware where available..
Umm...to save you a lil time....DVDShrink and DVDDecrypter are excellent freeware tools for ripping and more