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Re: Bug#160928: ITP: 7zip -- 7zip is file compressor which can handle many archive formats

Wichert Akkerman wrote:

> RAR actually is a decent format.

Quite possibly; I wasn't commenting on the format as such. In fact, I
assume if it wasn't better than .zip, it would never have achieved any
notice at all, so in all likelihood it is somewhat better. I was just
responding to the comment that it is popular among warez traders.

The worst thing I would say about the various alternative archive
formats (.rar, .zoo, .arj, etc.) is that none of them have been so much
better than .zip that they provided a compelling argument to switch.
People who are in the habit of transferring large files across slow to
moderate-speed connections (such as, again, warez traders) will
understandably take the smallest size they can get, but it seems that
most people find .zip (and .tar.(gz|bz2)) adequate for their needs.


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