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SubjectRE: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

On 11-Dec-97 Jordan Mendelson wrote:
>> On Wed, 10 Dec 1997, Jordan Mendelson wrote:
>>
>> > really want to type that stupid 2?), it yeilds better compression than
>> > gzip. It's being used in a few projects, egcs & glibc are the only ones
> I
>> > can think of.
>>
>> Gimp too.
>
>
> So, bzip2 yeilds better compression, it's free (no patent restrictions on
> algs, etc), and it's available in binary & source form for Linux & a number
> of other OSs. What's keeping kernels from being distributed like this?
>
>
> Jordan

Nothing :), if you look on ftp.kernel.org you'll see all these .bz2 files.

Incidentally, scripts/patch-kernel needs updating to handle the new option.

Peter
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E-Mail: P.Waltenberg@irl.cri.nz
Date: 12-Dec-97
Time: 14:31:28
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