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Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: Is ZIP a free file format?

From: Luis Felipe Lopez Acevedo
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: Is ZIP a free file format?
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:26:26 -0500

El vie, 28-08-2009 a las 11:23 +0200, Simon Josefsson escribió:
> Victor Cortiano <address@hidden>
> writes:
> > Sam's answer is more complete than mine, but I think that, since there
> > are already free implementations of zip, it's safe to say that it's a
> > free format. I'm not aware of any functionality of ZIP that only exists
> > in a proprietary program.

The package unrar-free is free software, but it doesn't mean RAR is a
free file format.

> I would recommend use of TAR + GZ or possibly TAR + BZ2 instead.  If
> signing/encryption of data is required, use OpenPGP or S/MIME (PKCS#7).

Yes, the gzip software[1] and GZIP file format specification are free :)

So, from now on, no ZIP!


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