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Fri Feb 18 19:51:59 CET 2011
On Fri, 2011-02-18 at 04:55 -0800, peter wrote:
> On Feb 17, 9:55 pm, Jorgen Grahn <grahn+n... at snipabacken.se> wrote:
> > RAR is a proprietary format, which complicates things. For example,
> > Linux distributions like Debian cannot distribute software which
> > handles it. If Python included such a module, they'd be forced to
> > remove it from their version.
> Good point, and one that I did not appreciate. But there are freeware
> applications such as jzip (http://www.jzip.com) which can handle .rar
> files, so there must be a way round it.
> > I wouldn't encourage its use by writing /more/ software which handles
> > it. IMHO, archives should be widely readable forever, and to be that
> > they need to be in a widely used, open format.
> I agree, but if a file is only available as a rar archive I would like
> to be able to extract it without using another 3rd party application.
Freeware is still proprietary software.
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