Re: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

Felix von Leitner (
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 17:08:49 +0100

> Leave it as an option for:
> 1) People who understand how to use it
> 2) Have a hideously slow internet connection
> 3) And have CPU cycles to burn

People who do not understand how to use bzip2 shouldn't be compiling a

Do you know anyone who does _not_ have more CPU cycles than Internet
connectivity? Actually, my opinion is: delete the .gz files. Even
better: delete the .bz2 of older kernels, too, as long as they can be
reconstructed with reverse patching.

People, learn to behave with respect to bandwidth. We don't want to
look like Microsoft, right?

BTW: I operate an ftp mirror of the linux kernel. And I always whince
in pain when I see that the kernel mirror is larger as most
distributions (!):

240768 slackware/slakware
587448 slackware

The last one is my favourite Linux distribution. The second number is
without the patches he applied to the pristine sources. This is a shame
if you ask me. It's half the size of the v2.0 directory.

A last number, for comparison:

1598600 communicator/4.04