On Wed, Jul 16, 2003 at 05:35:42PM +0200, Sven Neumann wrote:
> I don't think we should use a compressed archive. Instead the binary
> data in the archive should be compressed. That allows to choose the
> best compression scheme for the data and to combine different
> compression techniques in the archive.
Yes! Just in case anyone taking part in this discussion didn't know, the
compression routines used by gzip and ZIP are generic text compression
techniques, they don't understand interleaved formats (commonly used for
RGB data, stereo audio etc.) nor multi-byte representations such as
the 32-bit IEEE floats we might be using in a few years in The GIMP so
they produce rather poor results compared to specialised compression
techniques which The GIMP could inherit from existing Free Software.
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