I don't know if you are having trouble with automounting NTFS partitions or not, but I went out and found out how to do that as well since they no longer automount the NTFS partitions. First of all, I made the very unoriginal directories of /media/sda1 and /media/sda2 for both of my partitions. When I edited my fstab the first time, I got a warning about not having an ending string or something, so when I went to the backup I just placed these two lines BEFORE the main Linux partition information.
/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs defaults,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
/dev/sda2 /media/sda2 ntfs defaults,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
I haven't had any trouble since. I know you were talking about CD's mostly, but I haven't had any issues with that unfortunately. Well, I DID change the DVD program to Kaffeine which is much better than the default VLC in my opinion, but everybody has their own preferences there I suppose. I hope this helps somebody. As for the XFCE edition, this is my first time using XFCE and I actually like it quite a bit I must say. After all, who doesn't like the mice?