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

Sean Lynch seanl at literati.org
Tue Oct 24 00:11:38 UTC 2006

Ailson Rosetti de Almeida wrote:
>> 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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> Sean,
> 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.
> Regards,
> Ailson
My apologies. I did not mean for that to be a dig at you, and you're 
right, it's not really relevant to the discussion.

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