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Re: Opening .rar files



Wong Kwok-hon <kwokhon <at> gmail.com> writes:
> How about to compress to RAR ? Which software can ?

Don't.
1. By using RAR, you help spreading a proprietary format which cannot be opened 
with Free Software. (All the decompressors I've seen are derived from the 
original non-Free unrar.)
2. You have to use a proprietary program to compress, too.
3. You even have to pay to use said compressor legally.
4. The 7z format uses LZMA compression which compresses better anyway.
5. 7-Zip is Free Software (except for the RAR decompression plugin, see 1. - 
that's why Fedora's p7zip doesn't ship that) and has both Window$ and 
*nix/POSIX (p7zip) versions available.

In other words, forget RAR, get p7zip and compress in its default 7z format.

        Kevin Kofler


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