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[wxsig] A little more help - or - pointer needed

Ailson Rosetti de Almeida ailson at ele.ufes.br
Mon Oct 23 23:56:11 UTC 2006

> Ailson Rosetti de Almeida wrote:
>> Bill,
>> A *.rar file is a compressed file of another(s) or folder(s) just like a
>> *.zip is. You can uncompress with Winrar (shareware) or 7-zip (freeware,
>> GPL LGPL) or several others.
>> 7-zip has its own site (http://www.7-zip.org) and there you find a link
>> to
>> download at sourceforge.
>> There is a little license issue (restriction) just with the rar format
>> plugin (please read it in the above site), but it doesn't affect the rar
>> uncompression operation.
> RAR appears to be a favorite only of pirates. It's non-free (in the
> speech sense), ZIP is more widely deployed and has many independent
> implementations, many of them FLOSS, and 7zip gets better compression
> and is FLOSS. So why does anyone (other than a pirate) use RAR unless
> they are trying to intentionally inconvenience their users? I would be
> perfectly happy if this format were forever eradicated from the planet.
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I just wanted to help Bill. I know nothing about the RAR format being the
pirate's preference, because I am not one of them, and also don't wish to
extend into this topic.

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