On Dec 05, 2010, at 11:15 PM, Brett Cannon wrote:
It only increases complexity if we don't cut one of the tar.bz2 or tgz source releases. But by offering a a tar.xz file we can give people a smaller download which saves everyone time and bandwidth which can matter if the downloader's Internet connection is slow and/or costly.
I mildly wonder about download scripts out there that have baked-in assumptions about the files that are available. It's not actually that hard to predict the url of a download file for a new release.
I can't imagine *adding* a download format is that much more complex, except perhaps for our users to try to figure out which file to grab, and even that's stretching it I think. But I would be okay with adding an .xz download for 3.2 and then re-evaluating the offerings for 3.3. It would be an interesting experiment to see how many .xz downloads we get (I hadn't even heard of the format until now).