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If you are asking if BR drives are supported, then yes. Both readers and writers are supported by the kernel and new versions of dvd+rw-tools (and thus K3B and other burning tools).
If you are asking if it is a good idea in the sense of an investment, then certainly yes. HD-DVD is dead, and DVD is on it's way out the door within 5 to 10 years. BR is now the only serious choice for post-DVD media, at least until holographic discs are mass marketable.
He never said anything about wanting to burn BR; software is going to start being distributed on BR before long, so a reader will eventually be a necessity. Then of course there are the BR movies to consider (certainly the only thing my PS3 gets used for at the moment).
Besides, comparing prices between the two is hardly fair; they are different generations of technology. It is like saying you shouldn't get a DVD burner because blank CDs cost less. Of course they cost less, they hold a fraction of the data.