On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM, Hugo Doria firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Compress really takes a little longer, but IIRC decompress takes almost the same time of gzip.
Also, if I am not mistaken, a given package is compressed only once, by the packager, but decompressed many many times (by all users). But of course the compression time needs to stay reasonable enough for the packager, and the opinion of active packagers or packagers with huge packages is important. Otherwise, if the download time benefit is lower than the decompression time slowdown for many users with high bandwidth, we should still think about all the poor users with low bandwidth :) And in any cases, there is a bandwidth win on both sides (user / server) so that is always good.