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Subject: Re: [boost] [release management] Drop .gz and .zip release packaging?
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-23 19:26:05

on Thu Oct 23 2008, Eric Niebler <> wrote:

> Beman Dawes wrote:
>> I'd like to drop the .zip and .gz packages, starting with release 1.38.0.
> Please, no. If you want to drop some some packages, I'd drop the .7z and .bz2. On
> Windows, .zip is standard ... on Vista, Explorer has built-in support for it. And on
> *nix, .gz is the de-facto standard. IMO, .7z and .bz2 are nice-to-have but not
> necessary, and certainly shouldn't be the only ones we provide.

I have to agree with Eric. Standards and familiarity are much more
important than minimizing transfer size where barriers-to-entry are
concerned, IMO.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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