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SubjectSmaller compressed kernel source tarballs?
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Today as I was watching the linux-2.6.18.tar.bz2 slowly download I
thought it would be nice if it could be made smaller.

The 7zip program/algorithm is free software (LGPL) and can be obtained
from http://www.7-zip.org/ and it is distributed with several
distributions (it is in Fedora Core 6 extras for example).

Here are the numbers:

ls -al
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 240138240 Sep 21 13:55 linux-2.6.18.tar
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 34180796 Sep 21 13:42 linux-2.6.18.tar.7z
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 41863580 Sep 21 13:45 linux-2.6.18.tar.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 52467357 Sep 21 13:13 linux-2.6.18.tar.gz

ls -alh
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 230M Sep 21 13:55 linux-2.6.18.tar
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33M Sep 21 13:42 linux-2.6.18.tar.7z
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 40M Sep 21 13:45 linux-2.6.18.tar.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 51M Sep 21 13:13 linux-2.6.18.tar.gz

Smaller the better, especially with the international audience.

Dax Kelson

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