Download Formats? (2 posts)

  1. Sushubh
    Posted 12 years ago #

    Any particular reasons the download files are in the format ZIP/Tar.gz? Common standards I believe... :P
    Coz 7-zip gets me a file 53 KBs smaller than tar.gz ;) and it's open source too!

  2. Ryan Boren
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 12 years ago #

    Well, it isn't cross-platform. Anyway, here's a comparison I stumbled across. It concludes by recommending old faithful, gzip.
    Compression Algorithm Comparison

    The two winners are 7-zip and gzip, each for its own reason. 7-zip offers the absolute best compression ratio while still offering good decompression speeds. However, for day to day use, stick with gzip. With its lightning fast speeds and compression ratios that fall only a tad short of Bzip2 and StuffItX, it is the over-all winner. Originally there were to be three winners. A speed winner, a compression ratio winner, and an overall winner. However, gzip wins both the speed and the overall. gzip is also very popular for open source projects.

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