I have tried turning avi files into playable video dvds using various software and have consistently failed dismally. I have read that devede is the best to create an iso image, which then can easily be burned to devede. Well, as I write devede is 13th hour of running just to produce the iso image for a two movie dvd. I have read on the Ubuntu forums that yes, it takes hours (but not 13+!) and that this is to be expected, hardware limits, couldn't expect a decent quality image in less time, etc. etc. Well if that's the case, how come in Windows on the same machine I can take three avi movie files, drop them into the dvd burning utility of DivX Player, burn and have a playable DVD in only 5 minutes?! This is just a curiosity really, because it's really not worth bothering with now. I'll just use DivX Player in Windows. Don't want to grouch but it is worth reflecting that if linux is to gain converts, this has got to be made easier and quicker.