RE: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

ADAM Sulmicki (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 23:17:25 -0500 (EST)

-> look on they are there.
->> 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?

Yeah, but when one converts everything to different format, especially one
which unlike gunzip, is not extermely popular and not used for years,
I would expect to find those bzip2 utitiles on, say, in tar or tgz format. I spend around
half of hour trying to look for them to just find them only in rpm
format and then the dumb rpm refused to install it since I did not like
the output of uname (well a syscall probably) which said I have E86
architecutre (instead of standard ix86 or whatever).