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Linux.com: File Compression Tools for Linux

“Among the confusion new Linux users often face is the
variability among archived and compressed formats used by
downloaded applications. ‘Should I use the tar.gz file, the zip
file, or the tar.bz2 file?’ they may wonder. Here’s what you need
to know about compression formats in order to easily install any
application.

“First, consider the distinction between archiving and
compression. Archiving means combining a number of files together
into one file. The idea is to achieve easier storage and
transportation….”

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