RE: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

Jordan Mendelson (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 14:46:22 -0500

> 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
> > 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?